Planet Rugby

Bory try rescues late draw for Bath

24th February 2007 16:06

Share:

A late try by Bath wing David Bory rescued a 20-20 draw for his side against Saracens in the Guinness Premiership on Saturday.

It seemed as if tries from Thomas de Vedia and Richard Hill, plus the boot of prolific Glen Jackson would be enough to secure a valuable away win for Sarries. But Bory dashed their hopes with just three minutes to go.

England World Cup winner Richard Hill enjoyed an increasingly influential game in the loose as Saracens wrested control with tries by Tomas de Vedia and Hill himself.

Saracens came to the Rec with just one defeat in eight Premiership matches and brought Rodd Penney into their back line for England's Andy Farrell.

Rotation in the front row saw a return for Cobus Visagie at tight head and Nick Lloyd installed instead of former Bath prop Kevin Yates.

While Bath's away form has been nothing short of dreadful the Rec had provided four Premiership wins on the trot.

Even without England forwards Danny Grewcock and Lee Mears, the Bath pack began brightly and forced a penalty at the scrum which Barkley landed to open the scoring after five minutes.

A line out obstruction gave Barkley another chance on 10 minutes and Bath found themselves 6-0 ahead.

After Saracens wasted an opportunity from a line out in the 22, they allowed Bath to set up a promising position at the other end, but Bory was denied in the corner.

A speculative kick down field by Joe Maddock, the ball sticking in the mud inches short of the try line, set things up for the opening try. Bath's forwards battled away before the ball finally found its way to fly-half Chris Malone who dummied his way over.

Barkley converted for a 13-0 lead on 27 minutes but Bath lost their way after that.

Just six minutes later Saracens found their rhythm with a spectacular break out by left wing Kameli Ratuvou. Although he was tackled just short of the line, Saracens were awarded a penalty and worked right wing de Vedia over for a try at the posts.

Jackson converted and did the honours again five minutes later when Hill appeared on Neil de Kock's shoulder to earn the second try. After being on the defensive for most of the half they were suddenly 14-13 ahead at the break.

Jackson added a penalty to extend the lead to four points eight minutes into the second half but when Bath conceded a penalty on their own line the visitors opted for a scrum. Bath held out but conceded another penalty at the breakdown on 56 minutes and Jackson goaled again.

As the home side struggled to put their game together Saracens grew in confidence, feeding off Bath errors. Coach Steve Meehan reshuffled his back line in an effort to regain the initiative, sending on Shaun Berne for Chev Walker.

The response came very late, Barkley almost making the try line but from the scrum Bory took an inside pass from Barkley and twisted in the tackle to touch down. Barkley's conversion was greeted with relief rather than elation.

The Scorers:

For Bath:

Tries: Malone, Bory

Cons: Barkley 2

Pens: Barkley 2

For Saracens:

Tries: De Vedia, Hill

Cons: Jackson 2

Pens: Jackson 2

The teams:

Bath: 15 Joe Maddock, 14 Chev Walker, 13 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 David Bory, 10 Chris Malone, 9 Andy Williams, 8 Isaac Feaunati, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Andy Beattie, 5 Peter Short, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 David Barnes

Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Hottie Lowe, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 James Scaysbrook, 21 Nick Walshe, 22 Shaun Berne

Saracens: 15 Dan Scarbrough, 14 Tomas de Vedia, 13 Rodd Penney, 12 Kevin Sorrell, 11 Kameli Ratuvou, 10 Glen Jackson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Richard Hill, 6 Kris Chesney, 5 Simon Raiwalui (c), 4 Iain Fullarton, 3 Cobus Visagie, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Nick Lloyd

Replacements: 16 Shane Byrne, 17 Cencus Johnston, 18 Tom Ryder, 19 Paul Gustard, 20 Alan Dickens, 21 Tim Taylor, 22 Richard Haughton

Referee: Andrew Small

Touch judges: Chris White, David Kurk

Assessor: Ed Morrison

Television match official: Laurie Bryant

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Scarlets vs LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Preview
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Preview
Castres vs LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Preview
Wasps vs HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Preview
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 Preview
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Saturday , October 25
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615