Sunday, 20 February 2011

What a game!! - Bath Rugby V Saints match reports and reaction

Match Reports

Bath Rugby 38, Northampton Saints 8

A hat-trick from England's Matt Banahan propelled a magisterial Bath Rugby to their fourth Aviva Premiership victory on the trot.

Bath delivered their best performance of the season by some distance as they did more than enough to atone for the 31-10 drubbing suffered at Franklin's Gardens in September.

Banahan was his bull-dozing best, and also set up centre Matt Carraro's try with a sensational one-handed off-load.

Bath's fifth try came from replacement Sam Vesty, with Olly Barkley flawless from the kicking tee.

Northampton's points were provided by a try from Greig Tonks and a Stephen Myler penalty.

This Is Bath
Premier Rugby
Daily Mail



Match Reaction

Matt Banahan sent out a firm message to the England selectors today, running in three tries during a brilliant display for Bath Rugby.

Banahan, who has had to make do with a place on the bench for the opening two games of the RBS 6 Nations, guided Bath to a five-tries-to-one demolition of Northampton Saints at The Rec.

The last time he played in front of home support - against Aironi in the Heineken Cup in January - Banahan scored four times. He continued that blitz this afternoon, cutting some exquisite lines on his way to his hat-trick.

This Is Bath - Banner to start for England?
BBC - Audio interview with Jim Mallinder

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