Saracens hand Bath their third straight loss

Bath suffered their third consecutive Premiership defeat when they lost 20-9 to Saracens at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

The four points gained reduces the gap between second-placed Sarries and league
leaders Leicester back to three points following the Tigers’ victory over Harlequins
on Saturday.

Winger Strettle scored the only try of the match and Goode kicked five penalties.
For Bath, the result puts a huge dent in their hopes of a top-four finish, despite
nine points from the boot of fly-half Butch James.

Early errors from Bath allowed Goode to put his side 6-0 ahead with two penalties
before the visitors responded with a penalty from James.

Yet the hosts began to dominate as the interval approached and Strettle collected
a pass from former Bath prop Matt Stevens and scampered clear in the right-hand
corner.

After a slow start to the second half, Goode and James traded penalties as both
sides struggled to make defensive inroads as the respective packs dominated.

Stevens was a standout player for the home side, putting in a man-of-the-match
display for his new club as they stifled Bath’s attacking intentions.

The result leaves Bath seventh in the Premiership table, 13 points behind the
top four and a place in the play-offs.

Bath’s England centre Matt Banahan went close in the closing stages but his
side has committed an infringement earlier in the move and the visitors’ hopes
of securing a losing bonus point were dashed.

Final Score Saracens (11) 20 Bath (3) 9


Scorers


Saracens
Tries: Strettle
Penalty: Goode 5


Bath
Penalty: James 3


Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU, 5th Premiership game)


Teams


Saracens :15 Alex Goode , 14 David Strettle , 13 Chris Wyles , 12 Brad Barritt , 11 James Short , 10 Owen Farrell , 9 Richard Wigglesworth , 8 Ernst Joubert,7 Andy Saull ,6 Kelly Brown , 5 Hayden Smith , 4 Steve Borthwick (c) ,3 Carlos Nieto , 2 Schalk Brits ,1 Matt Stevens


16 Jamie George , 17 Rhys Gill , 18 Petrus du Plessis , 19 Mouritz Botha , 20 Jacques Burger , 21 Kevin Barrett , 22 Adam Powell , 23 Noah Cat


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


Replacements,16. Pieter Dixon,17. Nathan Catt,18. David Wilson,19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe,20. Guy Mercer,21. Mark McMillan,22. Sam Vesty,23. Jack Cuthbert


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