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Match Report – Northampton 3 – 18 Bath

Last Updated: 26/08/20 10:09pm

Tom de Glanville of Bath is tackled by Taqele Naiyaravoro

Tom De Glanville and Ruaridh McConnochie sealed Bath’s third-straight Gallagher Premiership win since lockdown with a gritty 18-3 victory at Northampton Saints.

Full-back De Glanville broke the try deadlock just before the hour, only to trudge off straight away with a suspected neck injury.

The 20-year-old son of former England captain Phil de Glanville copped heavy contact from Saints duo Tommy Freeman and Rory Hutchinson but still delivered a smart finish under pressure.

Bath nullified Northampton throughout an often-scrappy contest, and drew full reward when replacement McConnochie raced in for the visitors’ second score.

The Blue, Black and Whites sealed just their second league win at Franklin’s Gardens in 20 years courtesy of a dominant scrum and a regimented defensive game.

Zach Mercer carries strongly for Bath

Zach Mercer carries strongly for Bath

Bath’s third win in a row since the league’s resumption pushed Stuart Hooper’s men up to fourth in the table, with the West Country side relishing their mini resurgence.

Saints, meanwhile, were left to rue a second loss in their three matches since the Premiership’s return, evening out their win-loss ratio to eight apiece.

A turgid first-half’s first meaningful act saw JJ Tonks slip off his tackle on Mercer, flipping the Bath No 8 upside down.

Tonks walked for the deserved yellow card for his efforts, and Bath eventually gained some benefit with Josh Matavesi’s penalty on 20 minutes.

Biggar missed a routine penalty shot just before the half-hour, with Taqele Naiyarovoro brutally swatting Mike Williams aside in the build-up.

Wales playmaker Biggar found his kicking boots to level the scores on 33 minutes, and Josh Matavesi ensured a try-less first half when hauling down the marauding Naiyarovoro.

Ahsee Tuala breaks for Saints

Ahsee Tuala breaks for Saints

Saints cranked up the pressure after the break, but still failed to find any momentum amid a gritty Bath defence.

Bath’s tight work, and especially their scrum, kept the visitors in the contest, with the Blue, Black and Whites thwarting the Saints on a number of occasions deep in their own 22.

After weathering that extended storm, Bath pounced on one Saints error, finally opening the try scoring just ahead of the hour.

Ahsee Tuala spilled replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer’s bomb, and in a flash Bath were in at the corner.

De Glanville latched onto the pass over the top and slid home, with the score given after a Television Match Official review.

That proved De Glanville’s last act of the night, however, as the young full-back was replaced after suffering a suspected neck injury.

Josh Matavesi missed the touchline conversion, but Bath still led 8-3 heading into the last quarter.

Semesa Rokoduguni goes past Piers Francis and Henry Taylor

Semesa Rokoduguni goes past Piers Francis and Henry Taylor

Bath doubled their try count and killed off the contest shortly afterwards, forcing and then capitalising on another Saints error.

This time Saints replacement Sam Matavesi – Bath fly-half Josh’s brother – spilled the ball in contact, and McConnochie strolled home.

Replacement fly-half Rhys Priestland slotted the conversion, and later added a penalty as Bath turned the screw at the death.


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