Sep 28, 2018
Match Report: Saracens 50-27 Bath
Saracens continued their unbeaten start to the Gallagher Premiership season with a devastating attacking display at Allianz Park. The Men in Black ran in eight tries, including hat-trick from Liam Williams, to dispatch Bath 50-27.
Despite real fight from the visitors Sarries’ class in attack shone through with Alex Goode putting in particularly fine performance to earn the Man of the Match award as Saracens maintained their fine form in the league.
A bright start from Bath however saw the first points of the half go the way of the Somerset outfit, a penalty from Rhys Priestland putting them ahead.
The bulk of the half though belonged to Saracens who eased themselves in to position of control with some sublime attacking play. An early effort at the try line was chalked off for crossing but it didn’t take the Wolfpack long to create their first try of the day when Williams showed a great turn of pace to escape his defenders and dot down in the corner. A second score from Goode followed moments later as the full-back caught the Bath defence unawares and sliced his way through their line to create a wonderful try scoring opportunity and give Saracens a 12-3 lead.
Bath kept themselves in touching distance through a long range penalty from Priestland reducing the deficit to six points until the half-hour mark when Jamie George added a third for the hosts; the hooker joining the back of the maul from the line-out and driving over the line.
The try was the latest in a series of slick attacking moves from Saracens who sliced and diced the Bath defence to leave the visitors at sixes and sevens. The bonus point was almost delivered after just 33 minutes when Goode looked to be in, but the loose ball bounced awkwardly and when the score was reviewed the TMO judged the full-back to have not had downward pressure on the ball.
The final stages of the half were a frenzy of activity with tries coming for both sides as Bath kept themselves within touching distance, despite the hosts’ try scoring dominance.
Bath claimed their first score of the contest with an interception from Chris Cook before adding a second on the stroke of half time from Tom Homer. Sarries for their part added a stylish effort to their tally with a lovely piece of rugby from Nick Tompkins who stepped round his defender to create enough space to touch down under the posts.
Six points separated the sides at the break, Saracens leading Bath by 26 points to 20.
Saracens kicked off the second half with a bang. A bruising run from Titi Lamositele saw the American break through his defenders to set up Liam Williams for his brace and Saracens’ fifth of the afternoon. Try scoring is what Williams does best and today was no exception with the Welshman bringing up his hat-trick within the hour after a magic piece of play from Alex Goode to move the ball wide from the line-out.
There was plenty of fight left in in the visitors though and they added a third score thanks to another interception, this time it was Tom Homer with the opportunity; the winger catching a loose pass before running the length of the pitch to score.
Saracens rounded off what had been an impressive attacking performance with two further scores before the final whistle. Man of the match Alex Goode was at work once again as Sean Maitland added the seventh score for the Men in Black before Christopher Tolofua ensured the home side hit the 50 point mark as he bundled over the try line.
The win marks a fifth successive bonus point win for Saracens who travel to Harlequins next week in their last Gallagher Premiership fixture before kicking off their Heineken Champions Cup campaign on 13th October.
15 Alex Goode; 14 Liam Williams; 13 Alex Lozowski; 12 Brad Barritt ©( Tomkins 23'); 11 Sean Maitland(Lewington 69');10 Owen Farrell; 9 Richard Wigglesworth(Spencer 54') ); 1 Mako Vunipola(Barrington 58'));2 Jamie George(Tolofua 58')); 3 Titi Lamositele( Judge 66');4 Maro Itoje(Skelton54'); 5 George Kruis; 6 Nick Isiekwe; 7 Jackson Wray; 8 Billy Vunipola( Burger 58')
Replacements 16 Christopher Tolofua; 17 Richard Barrington; 18 Christian Judge; 19 Will Skelton; 20 Schalk Burger; 21 Ben Spencer; 22 Nick Tompkins; 23 Alex Lewington
Tries Williams(12',42', 53'); Goode(15'); George (30');Tomkins (38'); Maitland(67');Tolofua 78'):
Conversions Farrell 5/8.
15. Darren Atkins; 14. Semesa Rokoduguni; 13. Max Clark; 12. Max Wright;11. Tom Homer;10. Rhys Priestland( Burns 59'); 9. Chris Cook( Green 59'):1. Jacques van Rooyen(Noguera 58'); 2. Jack Walker( Van Vuuren 58'); 3. Anthony Perenise( Delmas 63')4. Charlie Ewels (c);5. Elliott Stooke(Douglas 58'); 6. Josh Bayliss; 7. Francois Louw; 8. Paul Grant( Reid 63'):
Replacements 16. Michael van Vuuren; 17. Lucas Noguera; 18. Victor Delmas; 19. Levi Douglas; 20. Miles Reid; 21. Max Green; 22. Freddie Burns; 23. Jackson Willison:
Tries Cook(34'); Homer(40', 62')
Conversions Priestland 2/2; Burns 1/1
Penalties Priestland 2/2
Man of the match. Alex Goode