Premiership: Bath 12-25 Saracens – Owen Farrell leads champions to victory

England captain Owen Farrell kicked all seven of his attempts at aim at Bathtub
Gallagher Premiership
Bathtub (9) 12
Pens:Priestland 4
Saracens (16) 25
Try:MaitlandCon:FarrellPens:Farrell 6

Owen Farrell kicked 20 facets as Saracens beat Bathtub of their first Premiership game since opting no longer to contest their 35-point deduction for breaching wage cap rules.

Three Rhys Priestland penalties helped Bathtub edge a scrappy first half of hour.

But Sean Maitland’s strive to 11 facets from England captain Farrell’s boot saw Sarries lead 16-9 at the break.

Farrell kicked an additional three penalties because the champions eased determined in the 2d half of to seal victory.

It became as soon as a workmanlike existing from Saracens, who had been buoyed by the inclusion for the first time this season of all eight of their England gamers who featured in the squad for the World Cup closing defeat by South Africa before the full thing of this month.

But they ended the game with 14 males after forward Maro Itoje became as soon as despatched to the sin-bin for deliberately placing fingers in the ruck to cease a Bathtub break.

With out reference to victory Saracens dwell 22 facets adrift at the bottom of the desk, while Bathtub cease eighth after a third defeat of the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign.

Saracens accomplish glorious commence to slash aid deficit

Saracens had sat third in the desk after a success 21-12 at Gloucester of their old Premiership game as they contemplated whether or no longer to charm against the sanctions handed to them following an inquiry into alternate partnerships between owner Nigel Wray and a few of their gamers.

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But after opting no longer to contest the facets deduction or £5.36m ultimate-looking out they arrived at The Rec on -22 facets, 26 at the aid of 2d-from-bottom Leicester.

The deficit leaves the Premiership and European champions facing a long winter as they philosophize to reel in the teams above them in the desk to acquire their order in the tip flight for subsequent season.

On the different hand, a fourth victory of the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign and the return to the beginning XV of Farrell and England forwards Itoje, Mako and Billy Vunipola, George Kruis and Jamie George, as successfully as World Cup-a success Springboks prop Vincent Koch coming off the bench, offers them serious firepower and hints that avoiding relegation is their priority this season.

It took Sarries’ stellar line-up time to hit their plug as both aspect made a succession of facing errors all the arrangement via a scrappy opening half of hour.

Their indiscipline enabled Priestland to kick Bathtub, who had been without injured England aid Anthony Watson, forward thrice.

But Farrell kept them in the game as Bathtub conceded low tag penalties in return, earlier than Sarries’ global gamers got here to the fore in scoring the exclusively strive of the game.

Farrell, both Vunipola brothers, Itoje and Kruis had been all heavily concerned as they powered via the phases and pulled the Bathtub defence out of order for Maitland to slash aid inside of his marker and ranking in the left nook.

The 2d half of became as soon as all about game management for Saracens as they kept Bathtub at hands’ length while Farrell punished the Blue, Sad and Whites from the tee.

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Bathtub quickly threatened to accomplish it a nervy closing couple of minutes after Itoje became as soon as shown the yellow card but the Saracens defence held agency as they ran down the clock.

Bathtub director of rugby Stuart Hooper suggested BBC Radio Bristol:

“We had been very fully delighted before the full thing of the game but would possibly well perhaps not in fact collect the facets after we’re going to bear to silent bear done and that suggested in the pause.

“All the arrangement via the game we tactically strayed from what we talked about doing and that tag us.

“There had been moments in the 2d half of after we purchased on top but then we slowed down and would possibly well perhaps not apply consistent stress and we fell off a shrimp bit.”

Bathtub:Homer; Rokoduguni, Wright, Roberts, McConnochie; Priestland, Chudley; Obano, Dunn, Stuart, McNally, Stooke, Bayliss, Underhill, Louw (capt).

Replacements:Walker, Boyce, Take, Garvey, Davies, Cook, Burns.

Saracens:Daly; Maitland, Taylor, Barritt (capt), Lewington; Farrell, Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Skelton, Kruis, Itoje, Wray, B Vunipola.

Replacements:Singleton, Barrington, Koch, Isiekwe, Earl, Spencer, Manu Vunipola, Tompkins.

Sin-bin:Itoje (71)

Referee:Karl Dickson (RFU)

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