Mar 26, 2017
Rampant Sarries in eight try win over Bath
A fast paced encounter saw Saracens put eight tries past top four rivals Bath in a dominant display from the Men in Black at a sold out Allianz Park.
First half tries from Jamie George, Alex Goode and Sean Maitland gave Sarries at 17-10 lead at half time. Schalk Brits added the bonus point mid way through the second half before Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton (2) and Billy Vunipola completed Sarries’ rampant display.
Saracens started the game with intent, Jamie George driving over the try line with less than five minutes played to the delight of a packed out Allianz Park. It was a sign of things to come as Saracens dismantled the Bath defence to secure maximum points and cement their position in the top four.
Saracens' first try of the match came after just four minutes, the returning internationals catching the eye early doors; Maro Itoje’s athletic take at the lineout securing possession before George bundled over for the try from the back of a dominant rolling maul.
A second try followed nine minutes later, as Saracens struck with a try of the season contender. Goode started the move inside his own 22 before contributions from Ashton, Richard Wigglesworth and Maitland set up the full back for a score on his return from a lengthy injury lay off.
As the opening quarter came to a close, George Ford got the visitors up and running on the scoreboard penalising Saracens’ indiscipline at the breakdown with a successful shot at goal.
A Bath comeback looked on the cards as they were next to strike when Jonathan Joseph’s kick ahead was carried over the line by an under-pressure Wigglesworth, Anthony Watson exploiting the space out wide to go over for the score taking the score to 12-10 in favour of the hosts.
Ford had the chance to send his side into a lead three minutes before the break but the England fly-half sent the kick wide of the uprights.
However, it was Saracens who had the final say of the half however when Scotland winger Maitland collected his own chip ahead dotting down before the dead ball line with just millimeters to spare.
With the wind at their backs, Saracens continued into the second half in a points scoring fashion, an early Farrell penalty sending his side out to a five-point lead.
However, it took until the 60th minute for the home side to secure their next points and then the floodgates opened, the North Londoners turning on the style.
The try-scoring bonus point was secured by Brits from the back of a dominant rolling maul before captain Barritt added his side’s fifth of the afternoon just three minutes later.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Saracens struck again. Allianz Park getting to their feet to applaud their side as Ashton splashed his way over in the corner, Farrell adding the conversion.
It was another of Saracens’ returning England contingent that secured the seventh try of the afternoon, Vunipola barreling over from close range on his first appearance back at Allianz Park since sustaining an injury while on England duty during the Autumn Internationals.
Saracens were not done there however and added their eighth try of the match before the game was out, Henry Taylor latching onto a floated Bath pass inside their own 22, offloading to the supporting Ashton who finished off the move, rounding off a comprehensive win for the club.
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode; 14 Chris Ashton; 13 Marcelo Bosch (D.Taylor 56); 12 Brad Barritt (c) (Lozowski 64); 11 Sean Maitland; 10 Owen Farrell;9 Richard Wigglesworth (H.Taylor 68); 1 Mako Vunipola (Lamositele 66); 2 Jamie George (Brits 56); 3 Juan Figallo (Koch 61) ; 4 Maro Itoje; 5 Jim Hamilton (Conlon 64); 6 Michael Rhodes; 7 Jackson Wray (Brown 72); 8 Billy Vunipola.
Replacements 16 Schalk Brits; 17 Titi Lamositele; 18 Vincent Koch; 19 Kelly Brown; 20 Joel Conlon; 21 Henry Taylor; 22 Alex Lozowski; 23 Duncan Taylor.
Tries: George (4); Goode (13); Maitland (40+1); Brits (60); Barritt (63); Ashton X 2 (71&76); B.Vunipola (74):
Cons Farrell 5/8
Bath: 15 Anthony Watson; 14 Semesa Rokoduguni; 13 Jonathan Joseph;12 Ben Tapuai;11 Matt Banahan; 10 George Ford (co-capt )(Hastings 77); 9 Kahn Fotuali’I (Cook 72); 1. Nathan Catt(Obano 64); 2. Ross Batty(Brooker 68);.3 Max Lahiff (Palmer-Newport 63); 4 Charlie Ewels; 5 Luke Charteris (Stooke 63); 6 Tom Ellis; 7 Francois Louw (co-capt) ( Grant 66); 8 Taulupe Faletau:
Replacements 16 Chris Brooker; 17 Beno Obano; 18 Kane Palma-Newport; 19. Elliott Stooke; 20. Paul Grant; 21 Chris Cook; 22 Adam Hastings 23 Tom Homer.
Penalty: Ford 1/4
Scoring Sequence 5-0 George try; 7-0 Farrell con; 12-0 Goode try; 12-3 Ford pen; 12-8 Watson try; 12-10 Ford con; 17-10 Maitland try; 20-10 Farrell pen; 25-10 Brits try; 27-10 Farrell con; 32-10 Barritt try;
37-10 Ashton try; 39-10 Farrell con; 44-10 B.Vunipola try; 46-10 Farrell con; 51-10 Ashton try; 53-10 Farrell con.
Man of the Match: Brad Barritt