Bath book date with Tigers in Semi-finals

Bath booked a Guinness Premiership semi-final against Leicester with their 33-18 victory over Saracens.


Chris Wyles dived across the line just two minutes into the match to give Saracens a 5-0 lead over Bath as Glen Jackson missed the conversion.


It was short-tempered at the Recreation Ground, as just 14 minutes into the match 12 players became involved in a brawl. The fight resulted in a yellow card for Tom Mercey, and a spell in the sin-bin.


A moment later Bath’s Ryan Davies was successful with his penalty attempt and there was just two points between the sides.


It was deja-vu ten minutes later when Hugh Vyvyan was sin-binned for not rolling away in the 25th minute and Bath wasted no time taking advantage as Davies gave them the lead with his second successive penalty.


The action continued apace as a 13-man Bath pulled back with an Andrew Higgins try in the 27th minute.

 

Ryan Davies converted it and the home side were only down by eight points.

 

A Glen Jackson penalty a few minutes later saw Bath just five points behind at the half-time break.

 

A Glen Jackson penalty in the 47th minute saw Sarries pull to within two points of Bath.

 

Then, just three minutes later the five point lead was restored when Davis scored his third penalty of the day for Bath.

In the 55th minute Saracens lost Andy Saull to the sin bin for tackling Nick Abendanon off the ball.


Bath took advantage of their numerical advantage to score another try when Peter Short crossed the line after making his way through the Bath defense.

 

Davis converted, then took his fourth penalty to give the hosts a massive 15-point lead.

 

Saracens refused to give up though as in the 65th minute later a converted try saw them just eight points behind.

 

Noah Cato crossed the line for Sarries and Jackson made no mistake with his conversion this time.

With just two minutes left on the clock Bath’s Matthew Banahan intercepted the ball and raced across the field to score the final try of the match, shortly after Ryan Davis kicked his third conversion, to put the final score at 33-18.


Final Score Bath 33 Saracens 18


Scorers


Bath
Tries: Andrew Higgins (27), Peter Short (58), Matthew Banahan (77)
Conversions: Ryan Davies (28, 58, 77)
Penalties: Ryan Davies (16, 26, 50, 60)


Saracens
Tries: Chris Wyles (2), Noah Cato (65)
Conversions: Glen Jackson (65)
Penalties: Glen Jackson (31, 47)


Teams


Bath : Abendanon Higgins Cheeseman Hape Banahan Davis Claassens Flatman Mears Bell Harrison Short Beattie Lipman Hooper


Replacements: Hawkins Ion Faamatuainu Scaysbrook Bemand Berne Stephenson


Saracens: Goode Wyles Powell Farrell Cato Jackson de Kock Mercey Walker Johnston Borthwick Vyvyan Jack Saull Skirving


Replacements: Cairns Visagie Ryder Barrell Marshall Ross Haughton

 

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