Sep 01, 2017
Nine Try Storm Put United to Sword
Saracens Storm ran in 9-tries as they defeated Bath United 13-65 in the opening ‘A’ League fixture of the season.
The first-half saw a tight opening 20 minutes as Sarries and Bath traded blows before Craig Duncan scored the first try of the match for Bath. However, Sarries gathered themselves before firing in three tries of their own through Max Malins, Henry Taylor and Nick Tompkins.
However, it was the second-half where the hard pre-season yards really began to pay dividends as Storm ran in six tries to put Bath to the sword. Tom Griffiths, Chris Tolofua, Rotimi Segun (2) Ben Earl and Tadgh McElroy.
McElroy’s try came right at the death to add the cherry on top of the cake for the away side who begun their season with a bang.
United’s Josh Lewis opened the scoring early in the third minute his penalty found the mark from 22 metres out. Malins struck back for Sarries straight from kick-off to make the early score 3-3.
Lewis struck again for Bath four minutes later to make the score 6-3 but it was Sarries and Malins who scored the first try of the match. The ball was worked across the pitch from a line-out before Malins picked a perfect line to gather and score.
The 20-year-old converted himself before Duncan scored to nudge the hosts back into the lead after 17 minutes. Bath converted but Henry Taylor scored for Storm from the restart with a neat finish. Malins’ conversion made the score 13-17.
Tompkins added then visitors’ third with a try from a clean break in the 27th minute. He touched down under the posts leaving Malins with the easiest of conversions to make the score 13-24.
The Sarries fly-half had been instrumental in proceedings and his penalty just before half-time gave the away side a deserved 13-27 lead.
In the 51st minute, a superb break forward from Taylor brought Sarries within inches of the line before the scrum-half showed great awareness under pressure to spot Tom Griffiths with the offload. The inside-centre touched down under the posts to make the score 13-34 after Malins converted.
With 56 minutes played, Chris Tolofua scored from the base of a driving maul, touching down in the corner and handing Sarries their fourth bonus-point try. Ben Earl added a fifth soon after with a nice break under the posts, Malins’ successful kick made the score 13-44.
Rotimi Segun scored his first try of the season with a good finish in the corner after a good team move. Malins converted from the corner on this occasion. Segun added his second not long after with another score in the corner extending Sarries’ lead to 13-58.
Tadgh McElroy completed the rout in after the clock had gone dead with a powerful effort which was converted by Malins to make the final score 13-65.