Bath v Saracens (Sat)

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  1. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    <div align="center"> </div><div align="center">Bath v Saracens (Sat)</div><div align="center"> [​IMG] </div>

    GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
    Venue: The Rec Date: Saturday, 3 May Kick-off: 1800 BST
    Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Bristol 104.6 FM, 94.9 FM and 103.6 FM and BBC Somerset 95.5 FM

    Bath head coach Steve Meehan makes just two changes from the squad that beat Sale in the European Challenge Cup.

    Joe Maddock returns to the wing in place of Andrew Higgins, who is on the bench, and Daniel Browne takes the place of Chris Goodman at number eight.

    Neil de Kock, Ben Skirving, Hugh Vyvyan and Nick Lloyd had minor knocks against Munster and will miss out for Saracens.

    Flanker Don Barrell replaces Richard Hill, while Cencus Johnston comes in for Cobus Visagie at tight-head prop.

    Bath head coach Steve Meehan told BBC Radio Bristol he expected a strong performance from Saracens after their Heineken Cup exit.

    "If anything, they could be more dangerous. They could adopt a position where they come and throw the ball around," he said.

    "I'd expect them to have some fresh players available and I'd expect them to have some youngsters who would be delighted to put in a strong performance for their boss for next season, Eddie Jones.

    "It's important that we retain some momentum, things have been going well for us and it'd be good to continue with that."

    Bath: Abendanon; Maddock, Crockett, Barkley, Banahan; James, Claassens; Barnes, Mears, Stevens, Borthwick (capt), Grewcock, Faamatuainu, Lipman, Browne.
    Replacements: Dixon, Bell, Beattie, Short, Feaunati, Walshe, Berne, Higgins.

    Saracens: Haughton; Leonelli, Sorrell (capt), Powell, Ratuvou; Jackson, Rauluni; Yates, Ongaro, Johnston, Ryder, Fullarton, Chesney, Barrell, Gustard.
    Replacements: Cairns, Mercey, Saull, Seymour, Dickens, Ross, Scarbrough.

    From BBC Sport
     
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  3. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Bath have the bonus point for Tries already... and we are only 32 mins into the game..

    31 - 0 to Bath!!!

    As long as Bath win, they are in the playoffs...
     
  4. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Half time and its 45 - 0!!!

    WHERES YOU HOVERCRAFT NOW PETE!!!
     
  5. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Lol, it'll be running over Olly Barkley shortly...
     
  6. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Well the game ends 66 - 21 to Bath!!!

    Playoff place confirmed... Bring on Gloucester and a Home Playoff.... Hopefully the Guinness Premiership Final and then the European Challenge Cup Final!!!

    This looks to be the best Bath seasons performance in many years....

    They have started to play some incredible rugby....
     
  7. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    <div align="right"> </div><div align="center"> Bath 66-21 Saracens</div>
    Bath (45) 66
    Tries: Browne, Barkley 2, Lipman 2, Maddock, James, Banahan, Higgins Cons: Barkley 9 Pens: Barkley

    Saracens (0) 21
    Tries: Powell, Yates, Ratuvou Cons: Jackson 3

    By James Standley [​IMG]

    Bath powered to the top of the table and clinched a play-off spot into the bargain as they destroyed Saracens.

    Tries from Daniel Browne, Olly Barkley, Michael Lipman, Joe Maddock, Butch James and Matt Banahan gave them a 45-0 half-time lead at The Rec.

    Sarries managed to get on the board through Adam Powell and Kevin Yates.

    But Lipman, Barkley, who kicked 21 points, and Andrew Higgins added further Bath tries, with Kameli Ratuvou scoring a consolation for Saracens.

    With their Heineken Cup bid having come to an end with a brave defeat against Munster in the semi-finals last weekend, Saracens' season was effectively over.

    Bath, on the other hand, are chasing a top-two slot to give them a home tie in the Premiership play-offs.

    But even though they were always going to be the more motivated outfit, nobody could have predicted they would rip Saracens apart quite so ruthlessly in the opening 40 minutes.

    [​IMG] They took the lead through an early Barkley penalty and their superb off-loading game soon had Saracens chasing shadows.

    Their first try came from a scrum on halfway. Fly-half James scissored with the flying Maddock, and after the wing burst through the midfield he fed the supporting Lipman.

    The pass from the open-side, who was omnipresent in the opening stages, to Nick Abendanon was forward but they had attacked so swiftly the referee was too far behind to call it and the full-back set up Browne to thunder over from the 22.

    Just over five minutes later Barkley cruised over for the hosts' second score, slicing between two forwards on the 22, and the Gloucester-bound centre added both conversions to give Bath a 17-0 lead with over an hour still to play.

    The hosts were playing champagne rugby and hooker Lee Mears decided to join the party.

    First he bullocked his way up the middle to set up a try for Lipman, and then the England front rower's kick set up the position for Maddock to cross out wide.

    By now Bath were running it from everywhere and they added two more tries before the break.

    James dotted down Barkley's pin-point grubber kick before Banahan powered 90m after Sarries spilled possession deep in the hosts' 22.

    Barkley added all four conversions and the one sour note for Bath was scrum-half Michael Claassens's sin-binning for cynically killing the ball at a ruck right on the hosts' tryline.

    Powell intercepted to finally get Saracens on the board nine minutes after the interval and they added a second score soon after when Yates powered over against his former club, with Glen Jackson converting both.

    Bath lost a second South African half-back to the bin when James was yellow carded for a reckless tackle but they finished the match, as they had started it, well on top.

    Lipman and Barkley both crossed and although Ratuvou powered over for Saracens the final word went to the hosts.

    Replacement Higgins got his name on the scoresheet and Barkley continued his impeccable kicking display by landing all three conversions as the West country side confirmed they are serious contenders for the Premiership title.

    Bath head coach Steve Meehan:

    "It is very difficult to come out with the same sort of intensity in the second half when you are 45-0 up.

    "When I was assistant coach at Stade Francais, Nick Mallett used to say you could tell how motivated a side were by their defence.

    "We wanted to test Saracens in defence, and this was always going to be a really big ask for them after their European semi-final just six days ago."

    Saracens boss Alan Gaffney:

    "It is going to take a very good defensive side to hold Bath out.

    "You have got to slow down their offload game - Bath are the best team in the Premiership at offloading in the tackle - although Wasps could possibly do that.

    "But there is no doubt Bath are going to be in there with a shout. In my coaching career, I don't think I've ever had 66 points scored against me."

    Bath: Abendanon; Maddock, Crockett, Barkley, Banahan; James, Claassens; Barnes, Mears, Stevens, Borthwick, Grewcock, Faamatuainu, Lipman, Browne.
    Replacements: Dixon, Bell, Short, Feau'nati, Walshe, Berne, Higgins.

    Saracens: Scarbrough; Leonelli, Sorrell, Powell, Ratuvou; Jackson, Rauluni; Yates, Ongaro, Johnson, Ryder, Fullarton, Chesney, Barrell, Gustard.
    Replacements: Cairns, Mercey, Saull, Seymour, Dickens, Ross, Penney.

    Referee: R Debney (RFU)
     
  8. danny

    danny Guest

    Bad news for Bath ahead of next weeks big showdown with the mighty GLAWS, both Stevens and Mears are out injured.
     
  9. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Well I would like to see where thats been said because there is nothing on BBC or the Official Bath Pages...
     
  10. danny

    danny Guest

    Look Im TRF biggest bullshitter, I just make it up as I go along.(sorry I was just hoping). ;)
     
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