Apr 14, 2018
Storm hit Bath for 50 in emphatic victory
Saracens Storm ran in seven tries to record a big 50-10 win over Bath United in the A League.
Rotimi Segun, Tom Whiteley, Nathan Earle and Joel Kpoku put Sarries into a commanding lead at the break before Bath’s Jeff Williams replied with a score just after half-time.
Earle responded with his second of the game before Reuben Bird-Tulloch and Tadgh McElroy put extra gloss on the scoreline.
Whiteley was impressive from the boot, kicking 15 points.
On a beautiful afternoon at Allianz Park, Whiteley set the tone with a jinking half-break early on before McElroy followed suit with a barnstorming run which knocked down several blue, black and white shirts along the way.
The hosts penned their Somerset counterparts in the 22 and after several pick and goes, they found their opening.
Whiteley glanced up to his left and spotted a huge gap for Segun to trot into and he delivered a looping pass that allowed the winger to do so for the opening score.
Storm’s lively scrum-half converted with aplomb from the touchline before almost adding to Sarries’ points with a try of his own.
Marcelo Bosch found Blair Cowan on a hard line and the Scotland international’s lofted offload was adjudged to have gone forward with Whiteley just about to touch down.
Bath offered little in attack in the first 15 and when they did, Storm’s defence stood firm – a double-hit by Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Vailanu on prop Jack Edmondson a particular highlight.
However, moments later Saracens were pinged at the breakdown and United 10 Josh Lewis duly slotted from the tee.
Storm’s forwards presented Whiteley the opportunity to add three points of his own and then a wonderfully worked score from the restart extended the home side’s lead.
Dom Morris’ lifted ball was perfectly weighted for the onrushing Nick Tompkins who made 25 yards before popping inside for Whiteley to scamper in unopposed.
The Men in Black grabbed another shortly after; Earle going over at a canter following good hands from the backline – similar to his effort for the first XV at Northampton Saints seven days previous.
A dominant first-half display was added to by Joel Kpoku powering his way through a couple of Bath defenders to reach and brush the white line on 40 minutes.
United came out all guns blazing at the beginning of the second period and a replacement wing Williams claimed an accurate Lewis crosskick to dot down but they only cut Sarries’ lead for a matter of seconds.
Vailanu’s unstoppable burst and skilful pass allowed Matt Gallagher to make a few extra hard yards before feeding Earle to sprint in for his second of the contest.
A sixth Storm try followed with Bird-Tulloch squeezing in at the feet of the opposition defence and superb interplay from the backs and forwards saw McElroy score under the posts.
Jonathan Kpoku was sent to the sin bin late on but Storm’s Wolfpack-like defence held firm and prevented any further points against.