Planet Rugby

Goode gives Bath the boot

03rd April 2011 16:32

Share:

David Strettle Saracens

Strettle: Scores for Sarries

Saracens full-back Alex Goode kicked fifteen points to set up a which set up a 20-9 victory over Bath 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.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Try: Strettle
Pens: Goode 5

For Bath:
Pens: James 3

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

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

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
Friday , October 10
Leicester vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , October 11
London Welsh vs Newcastle14:30
Exeter vs London Irish15:00
Saracens vs Gloucester15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle 10 - 35 NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Report
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411