Feb 28, 2014
Bath 10 Saracens 23
Tries from Chris Wyles and David Strettle earned Saracens a fantastic victory at The Rec on Friday night, winning the game 23-10.
In yet another great team display, the first half scores from the pair along with 13 points from the boot of Alex Goode gave Saracens victory.
The visitors were dealt a blow just before kick off with Charlie Hodgson ruled out in the warm-up, forcing a reshuffle with Goode switching the fly-half, Wyles moving to full back and Duncan Taylor coming into the side. But it didn't affect the visitors who produced a fine controlling display to earn their fifth successive win in Bath.
It was a terrific first half display from the visitors who led 17-3 at the break.
It was an even opening 20 minutes with both sides testing each other out and George Ford and Alex Goode both swapped penalties before the first try of the game.
A flowing move from the visitors saw Joel Tomkins take the ball into contact and he released to Chris Wyles who, after juggling the ball, raced clear of the final tackle to score. Goode converted.
If Sarries first try owed much to their fine play, their second was built on great defence. Camped on their own 22, great pressure from the visitors forced the mistake and Goode delivered a lovely inside ball to Duncan Taylor. He kicked ahead and a fumble from Ollie Devoto handed him back possession on halfway. He passed from Brad Barritt and a perfectly weighted grubber kick across field picked out David Strettle to score. Goode added the extras right on the half time whistle.
After the break, Bath came out with the wind in their sails but as in the first half, the Sarries defence was resolute and the lead was extended on 55 minutes when Goode struck a 30m drop goal.
Bath continued to pressure and when Jacques Burger saw yellow for a high tackle, the home side turned the screw from a five metre scrum and were awarded a penalty try.
However, with 10 minutes left on the clock, the visitors forced another turnover and from the resulting penalty, Goode struck again to extend the lead and gave his side the breathing space to hang on for a well deserved victory.