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Match Report: Bath Rugby 13 Northampton Saints 12

09 Mar 2018
Match Report: Bath Rugby 13 Northampton Saints 12

Josh Lewis kicked a crucial second-half penalty to give Bath Rugby the victory over Northampton Saints and book their spot in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Despite four penalties from the boot of Stephen Myler; Bath’s Levi Douglas scored the all-important try to sink Northampton at The Rec.

Teimana Harrison, on his 100th appearance for Northampton, saw his big night end early as he was shown a red card.

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Bath went in front early as Lewis landed a long-range penalty awarded after Nathan Charles was taken high after quick line-out ball for the home side.

And it could have got worse for Northampton soon after as Lewis missed a drop goal following a period of Bath pressure.

The hosts extended their lead on 18 minutes as Douglas produced an opportunist finish to swivel cleverly and score the game’s opening try, with Lewis adding the extras off the tee.

Myler dragged Northampton back into the semi-final with three penalties in nine minutes.

And it got worse for the home side as Lewis, who had started the game so positively, was sin-binned for hacking the ball away when in an offside position.

With the last action of the first half, Northampton’s Jamie Gibson was penalised at the breakdown but Bath centre James Wilson missed his kick at goal.

In worsening weather conditions, Bath missed the opportunity to extend their lead as the returning Lewis missed a penalty.

And the error was amplified on 55 minutes as Myler landed his fourth successful kick of the night to put Northampton 12-10 ahead.

But when Harrison was penalised, Lewis stepped up to kick the resulting penalty and put Bath a point ahead.

And Bath hung on to book their place at Kingsholm next weekend in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup where they will face Exeter Chiefs or Newcastle Falcons.