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Match Report: Northampton Saints 24 Bath Rugby 6

15 Sep 2017
Match Report: Northampton Saints 24 Bath Rugby 6

Northampton Saints followed up their East Midlands derby success with an impressive 24-6 over previously unbeaten Bath Rugby.

Having begun their Aviva Premiership Rugby season with a thumping loss to Saracens, Saints have bounced back impressively with consecutive wins on home soil.

David Ribbans was the unlikely hero in this encounter, as Saints scored three tries through their second rows.

And it was left to George North to wrap up the bonus point when he crossed five minutes from time to complete a perfect night for Jim Mallinder’s side.

It had taken them just four minutes to break the deadlock, with Courtney Lawes using his height to reach over after a brilliant break from Tom Collins, fed on the inside after a lineout.

Harry Mallinder missed the conversion though, and it was Bath who took the lead thanks to two Rhys Priestland penalties.

They were dominating at scrum-time, but it was Saints who went in ahead at the break as Ribbans showed his strength to power over right before half-time.

Mallinder’s conversion made it 12-6, and soon after half-time it was Ribbans who crossed again, with the Bath defence no longer able to cope – despite the best efforts of debutant Sam Underhill.

The openside had been a thorn in Northampton’s side all evening, but was forced off late after a lengthy delay.

Once play had restarted, Northampton threw everything at their visitors in search of a bonus point. It finally came after good continuity from Luther Burrell and Mallinder to put North over.

That ensured Saints went away with all five points, while Bath saw their fine start to the season ended in Round Three.