Match Reaction: Saracens 41 Bath Rugby 6
Owen Farrell scored 14 points as Saracens raced to the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals with a fine victory against Bath Rugby.
Farrell scored one try, kicked four conversions and a penalty in the win at Allianz Park and the Londoners are now guaranteed a place in the last four next month.
Schalk Brits and Liam Williams both crossed for tries in the first half before the hosts pulled clear after the break, with Richard Wigglesworth, Farrell, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer all crossing.
MAN OF THE MATCH
No player quite typified Saracens’ approach to this match better than superb hooker Schalk Brits.
The South African, who retires at the end of the season, was physical in defence and a menace at the breakdown in the contest.
And he capped it off with a try in the opening minutes, powering through Bath from the back of a driving maul.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Bath may not be in the best form but they are still potent in attack and thought they had a way back into the game.
A break by Taulupe Faletau cut Saracens in half and the No.8 slipped it inside to Aled Brew who, in turn, found Kahn Fotuali’i.
The scrum-half thought he had a simple run to the line but out of nowhere Nick Isiekwe came across and tackled him into touch – it summed up the game.
TRY OF THE MATCH
Wing Liam Williams has enjoyed a fine start to his Saracens career and he got on the scoresheet again against Bath.
The visitors were on the attack deep inside Saracens territory when the ball fell loose. Isiekwe picked it up and slipped in Williams, who stormed 70 metres to score.
What they said:
Saracens wing Chris Wyles, who celebrated his 250th Saracens game: “It’s been a long ten years, but it’s been quite the journey with Saracens and I feel very privileged to be at this club during that whole time.
“It’s been an amazing experience for me.
“It’s mixed emotions, I made the decision a couple of months ago.
“It does feel a bit strange that I’ll be retiring but I think it’s the right decision and I’ll just be excited to be a fan of Saracens.
“It’s been a slightly mixed season for us but we’re coming good now – two good results and we’ve got experience so I think that will hold us in good stead moving forward.”
Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder: “It was really frustrating. I thought in the first half we played well.
“At times our attack structure looked really good. We probably had two tries within our grasp but we didn’t and then three intercept tries was pretty frustrating.
“Then it was like we just chased the game and just forced way too much against a really good team.
“There’s a reason why these guys are great and we probably tried to over-play too much at the end and coughed up a couple more.”
Best of social
The joy of young eyes setting sight on a sporting hero: Alec and Bram pay homage to Owen Farrell. pic.twitter.com/lH8vjHHS24
— Mark Davies (@markdavies67) April 15, 2018
— Lisa Hambly (@monapurple) April 15, 2018
At Saracens v Bath today. Liam Williams was excellent. He is the Peter Crouch of Rugby, every thing about his physique tells me he should be rubbish at Rugby, but he is just excellent. #SARvBAT
— Tom Bermingham (@TQPRBermingham) April 15, 2018
Brutal viewing for a Bath fan. Saracens barely put a foot wrong today. No complaints about the result. Aled Brew deserves a nod for being Bath’s best player today. Congrats Saracens on making the playoffs #SARvBAT
— Mike Tyler (@MikeyTRRP) April 15, 2018
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) April 15, 2018
Bath unlucky to be behind but Sarries so clinical. Faletau though? World class. That break deserved a try.
— Chris Phillips (@ChrisPhillips_) April 15, 2018