Northampton extend winning run over Bath

Northampton Saints extended their Premiership run over Bath with a seventh straight win when they beat the West Country side 31-24 at Franklins Gardens.

Bath have not been victorious at Franklin’s Gardens for almost a decade, with their last triumph at the venue being against Saracens in a relocated game, whilst they have not beaten Saints on their own turf since April 2003.

Two tries during the early stages of the second half proved the difference
for Northampton despite a fightback from the visitors.

Bath were looking to kick on following a fantastic victory over Leicester Tigers
a week earlier and added Alafoti Fa’osiliva and Olly Woodburn to their squad.

Northampton, meanwhile, had shown good form in the previous to comfortably
beat Newcastle Falcons away from home but were dealt a blow when Tom Wood and
Courtney Lawes pulled out before kick-off.

Northampton hit the front in the seventh minute when a penalty try was ruled
following an early period of Saints pressure.

Stephen Myler added the conversion and he was on target again as the hosts
doubled their lead through Calum Clark’s well-taken score.

But Bath quickly pegged the Saints back and were within a converted score when
David Wilson charged over the line following good work at the line-out.

George Ford added the conversion and hammered over a penalty on 34 minutes
after Myler had edged the hosts further in front with the boot.

Northampton struck a hammer blow at the start of the second half with two quick
tries.

First, Christian Day touched down after a smart touch from Ben Foden before
George Pisi slid over in the corner.

Myler converted both scores to make it 31-10 but Bath scored two tries in response
to mount a decent fightback in the final quarter.

Gavin Henson’s break created the chance for Woodburn to score, and then Nick
Auterac was behind the pack at the right time to get another for Bath.

Ford converted the both tries to make it 31-24 with ten minutes still to play.

But the visitors were unable to complete what would have been a famous fightback
following last week’s heroics against Leicester.

Final Score Northampton Saints 31 (17) Bath 24 (10)

Scorers

Northampton Saints
Tries: Penalty try, Clark, Day, G Pisi
Pen: Myler
Cons: Myler 4

Bath
Tries: Wilson, Woodburn, Auterac
Pen: Ford
Cons: Ford 3

Match Officials
Referee:
Tim Wigglesworth (85th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson and Peter Huckle.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.

Teams

Northampton

15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Samu Manoa, 7 Tom Wood, 6 Calum Clark , 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Alex Corbisiero.

Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 James Craig, 20 Jon Fisher, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Will Hooley, 23 James Wilson.

Bath

15. Luke Arscott, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Kyle Eastmond, 11. Olly Woodburn, 10. George Ford, 9. Chris Cook, 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Guy Mercer, 6. Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 5. Dave Attwood, 4. Stuart Hooper (c), 3. David Wilson, 2. Rob Webber, 1. Paul James

Replacements: 16. Tom Dunn, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. Henry Thomas, 19. Dominic Day, 20. Charlie Ewels, 21. Peter Stringer, 22. Gavin Henso

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