Oct 03, 2014
Bath 21 Saracens 11
Saracens hopes of maintaining their 100 per cent start to the 2014/15 were ended on Friday night with a 21-11 defeat to Bath at The Rec.
Tries either side of the break for the home side from Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Eastmond proved to be the difference between the two sides in this round five clash in the West Country.
Early in the game, Charlie Hodgson saw a long range penalty his the upright before Bath took the lead. A high ball from George Ford caused confusion in the visitors defence and a kind bounce fell for Kyle Eastmond before he released Jonathan Joseph to score. Ford added the extras to give his side a 7-0 lead on 15 minutes.
Hodgson reduced the lead minutes later with a penalty before Ford was on target, after seeing an earlier kick hit the upright, to extend the lead to 10-3 to the home side with 30 minutes played in the first half.
Alex Goode added a further penalty for the visitors before the game sprung to life late in the half. Bath were on the attack deep in Saracens territory and sensing an overlap out wide, Chris Ashton burst out of the line and went for the intercept. He seemed to get the ball but then dropped it as he tried to race clear. Referee Greg Garner went to his pocket for the yellow card and Ford kicked the resulting penalty.
With Ashton still in the sin bin, Bath extended their lead after the break with a try that was started by Ford inside his own 22 and ended with Kyle Eastmond going over in the corner to make it 18-6 with 45 minutes on the clock.
Chris Wyles hit back for the visitors on the hour after a period of sustained pressure but almost from the restart, a further Ford penalty extended the lead to 10 points and it was an advantage they would hold until the final whistle.