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All square at The Rec

13 Nov 2005
All square at The Rec

Bath withstood some extreme pressure from Saracens to earn themselves a12-12 draw in their GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP clash at the Recreation Ground.

Saracens did everything right except win, and against a Bath side missing five players on international duty, will know it was a chance missed.

In a bad tempered start, both sides were guilty of scrappy play but it was the visitors who got their act together quicker, working themselves into a try-scoring position from a solid maul after 15 minutes.

Mark Bartholomeusz came close and was halted on the line, but Bath had transgressed and Glen Jackson opened the scoring from close range.

Bath hit back immediately after Saracens’ full-back Dan Scarbrough was penalized for holding onto the ball. Andy Dunne kicked the resulting penalty.

Saracens went down to 14 men when prop Cobus Visagie was sent to the sin-bin for stamping, but Bath could only add another Dunne penalty.

The visitors began to exert themselves at the lineout, and without England locks Steve Borthwick and Danny Grewcock to contend with, Sarries skipper Hugh Vyvyan had a plenty of ball at the back of the line.

Scrum-half Kyran Bracken launched a great attack from a Vyvyan take, to link with winger Richard Haughton, however his final pass Scarbrough went behind him and another try went begging.

Bath were then down to 14 men when  Rob Fidler was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul in first-half injury time and Jackson brought the visitors level at 6-6 going in at the break.

Jackson put Saracens ahead with his third penalty on 54 minutes, but despite plenty of possession, they could not find a gap in the Bath defence.

Against the run of play Dunne kicked his third penalty on 63 minutes and Michael Stevenson then put the hosts ahead with a drop goal.

Jackson gave Saracens a share of the points with his equalising penalty on 79 minutes but their frustration at not winning this game was clearly visible.

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