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Match Report: Bath Rugby 31 Saracens 21

09 Sep 2017
Match Report: Bath Rugby 31 Saracens 21

Semesa Rokoduguni’s last-gasp double stunned Saracens to give Bath Rugby a 31-21 win at the Rec.

Saracens had looked set to pull off an unlikely comeback when Ben Spencer put them in front for the first time in the game eight minutes from time.

But Rokoduguni shrugged off some weak tackling to race over at the death, before running in another long-range score from an interception, as Bath claimed a second straight Aviva Premiership Rugby victory to start their campaign.

It had been Bath who dominated the first half, Rhys Priestland dropping a goal before Francois Louw’s opener.

They had been causing problems down the left, and it was there that they scored the opening try. Quick hands from Jonathan Joseph opened up space for Matt Banahan. He then drew his man and fed to Louw who finished like a winger, holding off the challenges of Alex Goode and Michael Rhodes.

Priestland added two further penalties before the break to give Bath a 14-0 interval lead, although Alex Lozowski pulled back three points in the opening stages of the second half.

Saracens’ bench then came to the fore though, with Owen Farrell cutting the deficit to eight with a penalty for his first real contribution.

Priestland slotted a second drop goal, but Saracens came back again, as Taulupe Faletau was sent to the sin-bin for pulling down a rolling maul, and Wayne Barnes also awarding the penalty try.

A further Farrell penalty cut the deficit to a point, before Spencer finished off a fine move down the left, crossing after a nice pass inside by Chris Wyles. Farrell’s conversion was off-target but Saracens led by four.

That looked like it would be enough for victory but Rokoduguni had other ideas, taking his tally for the season to three.

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