Sep 22, 2013
Unbeaten Sarries put Bath to the sword
Saracens recorded their third consecutive bonus point win of the season convincingly beating Bath 31 - 17.
The damage was done in a breathless first 40 minutes as two tries from in form England winger David Strettle, one for the returning Alex Goode and another for ex-Bath custodian Matt Stevens blitzed the west country team.
Saracens began the game at furious pace, testing the Bath defensive resistance with some fine running from the likes of Strettle, Taylor and the superb Chris Ashton.
After Farrell and Heathcote exchanged penalties it was the in-form David Strettle who crossed for his first of the afternoon, showing scorching pace to finish off a flowing backs move deep into the Bath 22.
From that moment on Saracens were simply irresistible. The second score of the afternoon would go to the returning Alex Goode who dummied the covering Bath defence to wriggle over, Farrell again added the extras.
Sarries dominance was plain to see as Bath struggled to get any foothold in the game. Repeat penalties in the Bath 22-meter area continued to test referee JP Doyle's patience as Saracens hunted for their third score. In wasn't long until Mr Doyle's paitence ran out, as he yellow carded Bath hooker Rob Webber.
With the extra man Saracens took full advantage of their numerical advantage, as ex-Bath prop Matt Stevens flopped over to score his teams third try.
With the minutes ticking down to interval, Strettle scored his second afternoon after selfless work from his wing partner Chris Ashton. Farrell converted to make the score at half-time 31 - 3.
The second half was a much more tight affair, with a series of set-piece penalties awarded to either side. Bath fortuitously scored their first try of the game, with imposing winger Semesa Rokodugni plucking out Goode's cut out pass to race away to score. Ford converted.
As the game wore on both sides introduced their respective benches, with Saracens seeing the welcome return of Kelly Brown and Neil De Kock from injury. Bath scored late on through Dave Attwood, but the result was never in doubt.
Saracens are now four points clear at the top of the Premiership table and look in imperious form.