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Match Report: Saracens 50-27 Bath Rugby

29 Sep 2018
Match Report: Saracens 50-27 Bath Rugby

A second hat-trick of the season from Liam Williams saw Saracens extend their 100 per cent start to the season with a 50-27 victory over Bath.

The Welshman scored three of the hosts’ eight tries at Allianz Park to continue their run as the only team in the league with a perfect record this campaign.

Alex Goode, Jamie George, Nick Tompkins, Sean Maitland and Christopher Tolofua added the other home tries to ensure that the champions extended their unbeaten run in the Premiership, which dates back to March, to 12 matches.

Bath managed to keep in touch during the first half through the boot of Rhys Priestland and two tries from Tom Homer and one from Chris Cook, but the visitors were blown away in the second period by the hosts’ brilliance.

The Blue, Black and Whites began the match the sharper side and took the lead through Priestland’s penalty after George failed to roll away.

Nevertheless, the hosts bounced back in the 12th minute after smart hands from the backs saw Goode put in Williams, who went over in the corner, despite Semesa Rokoduguni’s best efforts.

Three minutes later the full-back turned scorer, breaking through a gaping hole in the Bath defence for a converted try.

Bath’s Welsh fly-half Priestland kept the visitors in touch with a penalty from just short of halfway, but three minutes later the hosts went over for their second converted try courtesy of a catch and drive finished off by hooker George.

Saracens looked to be taking control, but Bath’s Cook intercepted a pass from his opposite number Richard Wigglesworth to go over for a converted try and keep the visitors in business.

Two minutes before the break Saracens responded in kind through Nick Tompkins, who replaced the injured Brad Barritt midway through the half, to score their bonus-point try under the posts.

Right on half-time Bath got themselves to within six points of the hosts when Homer went over after a break down the left from Darren Atkins.

Yet, two minutes after the restart, Saracens answered again with Williams’ second of the game after smart play down the right from Titi Lamositele to avoid the challenge of Homer.

Just under fifteen minutes into the half Williams had his hat-trick after Goode evaded the challenge of Max Clark to set up the 27-year-old.

Then, moments after the hour mark, Owen Farrell saw his pass intercepted as Saracens looked destined for another try, and Homer had enough legs to sprint 93 metres to the try line without being caught.

Maitland added Saracens’ seventh try 13 minutes later following an overlap on the left-hand side, before a converted score from substitute Tolofua completed a resounding home victory.

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