Bath too hot for Northampton Saints

Matt Banahan scored a hat-trick of tries as Bath hammered Northampton Saints 38-8 for a fourth successive Premiership victory.

Banahan returned from England duty to inspire Bath to a fourth straight league win.

Bath’s willingness to run the ball at every opportunity was evident throughout against a Northampton side that was poor in every department bar the scrum.

Christian Day had a try disallowed for hands in the ruck in the 5th-minute, but after that it was all Bath who deservedly led 17-3 at half-time.

Quick hands put Banahan in for his first score on 18 minutes and then the giant wing turned provider with Saints down to 14 men after Greig Tonks was handed a yellow card for a high tackle on Tom Biggs.

Banahan bumped off Phil Dowson and put Carraro in under the posts for Bath’s second with a beautifully executed offload.

Saints fly-half Stephen Myler atoned for two earlier misses with a penalty just before half-time. But the one-way traffic continued after the interval as Banahan latched onto a switch pass from Michael Claassens to score his second and then breezed through some suspect tackling for his hat-trick and Bath’s bonus point try.

Tonks grabbed a consolation for Saints only for Sam Vesty to respond with Bath’s fifth.

A memorable afternoon for Bath was capped by another flawless kicking display from Olly Barkley, who landed five conversions and a penalty for a 13-point haul, and the appearance off the bench just before the hour mark of fit-again England captain Lewis Moody.


Final Score Bath (17) 38 Northampton Saints (3) 8




Tries: Banahan 3, Carraro, Vesty
Con: Barkley 5
Pens: Barkley


Northampton Saints
Tries: Tonks
Pens: Myler



Bath : 15. Nick Abendanon,14. Matt Banahan,13. Matt Carraro ,12. Olly Barkley ,11. Tom Biggs,10. Butch James ,9. Michael Claassens,1. David Flatman ,2. Lee Mears,3. Duncan Bell ,4. Stuart Hooper,5. Danny Grewcock ,6. Ben Skirving ,7. Luke Watson (c),8. Simon Taylor

Replacements:16. Pieter Dixon ,17. David Barnes ,18. David Wilson ,19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe ,20. Lewis Moody ,21. Mark McMillan ,22. Sam Vesty ,23. Jack Cuthbert

Northampton Saints : 15 Greig Tonks , 14 Bruce Reihana , 13 Joe Ansbro , 12 Jon Clarke , 11 Scott Armstrong , 10 Stephen Myler , 9 Stuart Commins , 1 Soane Tonga’uiha , 2 Brett Sharman , 3 Brian Mujati , 4 Dan Vickerman , 5 Christian Day , 6 Calum Clark , 7 Phil Dowson (capt) , 8 Roger Wilson

Replacements : 16 Andy Long , 17 Alex Waller , 18 Tom Mercey , 19 Mark Sorenson , 20 Mark Easter , 21 Ryan Powell , 22 Shane Geraghty , 23 Jamie Elliott


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