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Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 32 Northampton Saints 9

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 32 Northampton Saints 9

Fly-half Freddie Burns’ man of the match display guided Bath Rugby to a 32-9 win over Northampton Saints at the Rec on Friday night.

Matt Banahan, Nick Auterac and Ross Batty got the Bath tries while Piers Francis scored all of the Saints points from the kicking tee.

Bath moved up to third in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table with the win while Saints remain in tenth after suffering their ninth defeat of the season.

See the full stats here.

Man of the match – Freddie Burns

Burns led the way for Bath with his impeccable kicking pulling them back from 6-0 down and pushing them in front before Banahan’s try.

His cutting pass found Nick Auterac for the decisive second try and he didn’t miss from the tee until attempting to convert the props try on 68 minutes.

Try of the match

Auterac doesn’t score many tries, this was just his third in Aviva Premiership Rugby, but when he was found by Burns he had an easy walk-in.

But it was Bath’s build-up that created the try with a powerful scrum seeing James Wilson going close before the hosts recycled the ball, Charlie Ewels’ offloaded and Burns found the prop.

Moment of the match

The key moment of the match was Banahan’s score at the conclusion of the first half.

Just three points separated the teams when Saints fumbled the ball in midfield and the Bath winger picked up the ball and sprinted for the corner to give Bath a ten-point lead at the break.

What they said:

Freddie Burns said: “Credit to Saints, they’ve turned a corner in the last few weeks and they came out and put us under some pressure.

“We had to dig deep, stay true to ourselves and we managed to get the scoreboard ticking and got the tries on the board in the second half.

“It was a sticky first half to score tiht on the first half meant going into the changing rooms we were a lot more confident we could come out with a bit more of a buffer.”

Northampton Saints interim coach Alan Gaffney said: “I thought we played pretty well in the first half we were in the game obviously, to concede that try right on half time was disappointing.

“Second half we didn’t have enough possession, we had the ability but we kept turning the ball over, we didn’t value it highly enough.

“Defensively I thought we did a pretty good job, the effort was pretty good but we didn’t show much smartness in the way we attacked.”

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