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Four-try Bath hammer Sarries

01 Mar 2003
Four-try Bath hammer Sarries

This was a crucial victory for the West Country club who have found themselves near the foot of the Premiership table for much of the season, bringing as it did a bonus point to the beleagured side.

It was all the more remarkable given that they had suffered some disruption earlier in the week with the late withdrawal of key man Mike Catt from the squad due to a hamstring injury.

It was an excellent all-round performance for coach Mike Foley's side but there were a number of stand-out performers in their ranks, not least wing Simon Danielli who grabbed two tries during the contest.

The winger, who is gunning for a place in Scotland's World Cup squad, showed great pace and poise against a somewhat ramshackle Saracens defence to score a try in each half.

Also catching the eye was centre Mike Tindall, whose power in attack and defence – including one shuddering hit on former French captain Abdel Benazzi – makes him a front-runner for a recall to the England XV to play Italy next week in the Six Nations.

With Saracens playing some good rugby, but unable to take their try-scoring chances, it was left to fly-half Andy Goode to score their only points, kicking three penalties during the one-sided contest.

There were late tries from Ireland back Kevin Maggs and Samoan international Elvis Seveali'i, who arrived at the club only this week, but made a remarkable impact in his first mach in Bath colurs.

He joined the fray in the closing minutes and was straight into the action, running near the full length of the pitch to score a fine individual try.

The scorers:

For Bath:Tries: Danielli 2, Maggs, Seveali'iCons: Malone 2Pens: Malone 2

For Saracens:Pens: Goode 3

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