Premiership: Saracens 37-31 Bath – Sarries return to the top after beating the bottom side


Saracens’ win over Bath ensures they maintain their 100% record in the competition
Saracens (16) 37
Attempts: Goode, Malins, Daly, Lewington Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 3
Bath (10) 31
Attempts: Gallagher, Cokanasiga, Ojomoh, White Cons: Bailey 4 Pens: Bailey

Saracens returned to the top of the table after overcoming bottom side Bath in a Premiership thriller.

An early Alex Goode try and three Owen Farrell penalties – all of which came after a Matt Gallagher try and Bath’s Orlando Bailey penalty – put Sarries 16-10 up at the break.

Further tries from Max Malins, Elliot Daly and Alex Lewington were enough to earn Sarries a point.

But scores from Joe Cokanasiga, Max Ojomoh and Wesley White made it tense.

The win keeps Saracens’ 100% record intact, while Bath remain winless at the bottom of the table after six games.

England centre-back Ollie Lawrence, who made his Bath debut on loan after arriving from crisis club Worcester earlier this month, made his final start for the blue and whites after signing a “long-term deal” with the club following his Warriors move. the contract was terminated.

Striker Fergus Lee-Warner, another player signed by Bath during Sixways’ financial turmoil, came off the bench to make his debut.

Goode, after Maro Itoje returned from injury, got Sarries off to the perfect start with a dummy and scored the first try of the game after three minutes.

A brilliant piece of skill from Gallagher, to gather his shot over the Saracens defence, hit the bottom of the contest minutes later.

Bailey leveled the scores with the ensuing conversion before slotting in a penalty to give the visitors a surprise.

Three penalties from Farrell to end the half ensured the hosts took it into the break, and Malins added to the advantage with a try just after the interval.

Lawrence’s ferocious run earned Cokanasiga a scintillating response, but D’Arcy Rae hurt Ben Earl two minutes later to hurt Bath’s chances, with Daly and Lewington both going over against the undermanned visitors.

Ojomoh made an immediate impact off the bench to grab Bath’s third try and, after Lawrence was dismissed by the TV match officials for a knock on a tackle, White helped make it a six-point game when he drove over. nearby

Bath continued to apply pressure with their strong finishing, Saracens held on.

‘The game we could lose’ – The reaction

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall:

“It was a game that shows that the Premiership is incredibly competitive and if your attitude isn’t what it needs to be, you can go into a game that we could easily lose.

“Whether we deserved to lose, I’m not sure, but it’s a game we could have lost. It was very disappointing.

“It shows in certain things. You see how much they turned us over at the breakdown today and I think we had a lot of players comfortable and happy to do the big things, but not the little things that everybody needs to do.”

Johann van Graan, the head of rugby:

“This was our best result away from home, we are very disappointed not to come away with five points.

“We said last week that we have to be better, and we certainly were.

“In the last six days we have been the strongest team that finishes every weekend. We are getting better and better, we are adapting better and the players are working very hard and we believe in what we do.”

Saracens: Goode; Malins, Daly, Lozowski, Lewington; Farrell, Van Zyl; Mawi, Pifeletti, Riccioni; Itoje, Tizard, McFarland, Wray, B Poor.

Replacements: Dan, Flynn, Judge, Christie, Earl, de Haas, M Vunipola, Hallett.

Bath: Gallagher; Cokanasiga, Lawrence, Redpath, McConnochie; Bailey, Schreuder; Schoeman, Dunn, Stuart; Attwood, Roux, Bayliss, Reid, De Carpentier.

Replacements: Annett, Cordwell, Rae, Lee-Warner, White, Carr-Smith, Worboys, Ojomoh.

Judge: Luke Pearce