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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- 23rd May 2014
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Cardiff Arms Park
- Att: 12,843
Bath v Northampton - Live
FULL-TIME: BATH 16-30 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
80 And most fittingly, the backline gets itself in a muddle, and the ball goes to deck. Less than a minute remaining, and it's a super second-half from Saints allayed by a wonderful display from Myler that has won the day.
79 Bath battling bravely though they are destined to finish as runners-up. Henson's hands making a difference in midfield, but they look tired.
77 Myler is human after all...he's missed his first kick of the night with three minutes to play. - See more at: http://livescore.planetrugby.com/temp/commentary.php?matchId=7541484#.U3-ZWHKSxHB
76 TRY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, FODEN! 16-30 Try given! Foden ripped the ball from his teammate and grounded the ball - just. That's the trophy for Saints.
76 ASTONISHING! What a breakout from Saints! Myler intercepts, doesn't have the pace to go from 80 metres, Pisi takes it on, Burrell is tap-tacked by Abendanon, gets to his feet, but gets wrapped up in the in-goal area. Does the ball get grounded?!
74 Bath playing some nice stuff in attack now, as they get up to the Saints 22. They need to score and score fast, and they have a penalty. Trailing by nine, they go for the corner.
73 CONVERSION, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 16-25 An important kick to hand Saints a two-score lead, and Myler keeps up his perfect record. Great show of kicking from the pivot.
72 TRY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, DOWSON! 16-23 Is that the decisive score? Finally, the maul, the rolling, rumbling drive pays off, and Saints power their way over.
70 Penalty number three, and it's a yellow card for Perenise the substitute. He didn't roll away, and Garces has lost patience.
69 Oh, they've butchered it! Lovely hands down the short side, and Alex Waller spills the ball with the line beckoning. So near, yet so far. Still they have the penalty, and still they go for touch.
68 Well, well, well - Myler hasn't missed a kick all night, but from a kickable penalty, Saints go for the corner. What a statement. Can they back it up?
66 PENALTY, BATH, FORD! 16-18 A wave of relief washing over the youngster as he strikes it straight and true. Back to two points.
66 And that's not a bad start as they win a penalty straight from the kick-off. Gavin Henson is on, but Bath keep faith in Ford. He MUST slot this one after a difficult last 20 minutes.
64 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 13-18 Bath have it all to do now with a little over 15 minutes remaining. Myler has stepped up to the plate tonight.
63 And another penalty for Saints! A scrum infringement hands Myler another fairly simple opportunity to extend the lead. They are turning the screw.
62 Oh dear...it's all going wrong at the back for Bath. It's Abendanon and Ford once again getting in each other's way under no pressure. Ball spilled, scrum Saints.
60 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 13-15 He certainly does. Saints are in the driving seat.
60 Kahn Fotuali'i is on and he's made an instant impact with a great kick and chase downfield. Ford and Abendanon dither under pressure, they're swallowed up and there's a penalty under the posts for Saints. Myler will surely hand them the lead.
58 Really sloppy pass from George Pisi, under no pressure on his own 22, sending the ball into touch ahead of his brother. Saints pinch it back from the lineout, though, and they can clear away.
57 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 13-12 We're back to a one-point game as Myler slams over the long-range penalty. Great resilience shown from the Saints.
55 Penalty Saints! Tom Wood, super limpet-like stance over the breakdown and another three-point opportunity for the unerring Myler.
53 Nothing worthy of sanction, deem the French officials, and Corbisiero trots back on with Saints having won the ten minute spell he was off 3-0.
52 Ford may be off-target from the tee, but out of hand, he's as cool as ever, prodding another grubber deep into Saints territory. Touch judge Pascal Gauzere has his flag out, however, and we're checking something with the TMO.
50 ...but it doesn't! This is seriously, seriously worrying for Bath. Three misses in a row, and with a man up, these points have to be in the bag.
49 Straight away, though, a penalty for Bath and a chance for Ford to make amends for his two misses. It's 35 metres out, it's straight in front. It has to go over...
48 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 13-9 They're a man down, but Saints are edging back on the scoreboard. Stringer on for Young.
47 After a great Bath steal, George Pisi smashes Abendanon, he spills forward, and Young picks it up from an offside position. Chance for Myler to cut the gap to four.
45 Well, that's not great from the young pivot. Hooked one, now sliced another. Big chance missed.
44 But Garces has gone upstairs to check for some foul play, and Corbisiero is binned! Foul play off the ball, and Ford with another chance for three points.
43 Saints win it back, and eventually have a 22 drop-out, but we're pausing for breath as Hooper is down receiving treatment.
42 Louw yet again playing merry hell with the Saints breakdown. Penalty Bath, Ford gets them down into the Saints half.
Teams back out at the Arms Park; Myler has us underway once more. Big, big half for Saints.
HALF-TIME: BATH 13-6 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
40 And it is indeed a penalty as Louw was tackled early, super counter-attack from Bath. Ford to extend the lead to two scores.
39 North being marked very closely, and Bath are, at the moment, looking more up for this than Saints. Great work at the breakdown in particular. We're checking with the TMO for some foul play.
35 A bit of aerial ping-pong after Young makes a sniping run from deep. Bath lineout just inside their own half.
33 They secure it through Hooper and Young clears well.
32 This time it's Myler threading through a smart grubber down into the corner. Big lineout for Bath.
31 Massive hits flying in from the blue and white hooped jerseys, North is clattered into touch and Bath clear.
29 That's better from Ken Pisi, pressuring Abendanon in the air. Scrum Saints 30 metres out.
28 CONVERSION, BATH, FORD! 6-13 Simple two points for Ford, and Bath have the bit between their teeth.
27 TRY, BATH, WATSON! 6-11 There's the breakthrough! And it's absolutely out of nothing for Bath. Super, crunching defence forces Saints back, Ken Pisi is caught by Joseph, the pack pile in, the ball shoots out, and Watson scoops it up and has a 60-metre run-in. What defence!
26 Saints disrupt that scrum and now they attack with both second-rows powering up the touchline. They're on the Bath 22.
25 Messy knock-on from Pisi in the air, off another Ford up-and-under. Bath scrum 30 metres out.
24 PENALTY, NORTHAMPTON SAINTS, MYLER! 6-6
23 Penalty Saints, and Myler goes for goal from straight in front.
22 Manoa charges, but Louw makes a brilliant turnover. Sadly for Bath, the ball squirts out the back and they carry over. They've got another scrum-five to defend.
21 Abendanon nearly commits suicide here! Chasing a Pisi grubber, the full-back is tackled, and tries to offload off the ground, but throws it straight to Dickson. Corbisiero burrows over, but he's held up. Scrum-five, Saints.
20 Ford flights another super kick down into the corner, but Saints clear this time.
18 A quick lineout from Rokoduguni gives Watson the chance to counter, but the eventual grubber through finds Foden who bangs it away downfield.
17 Lovely kick into the corner from Ford, mastering the surface with a low, skidding punt into the Saints 22.
16 Saints back on the ball in midfield, but Bath win the scrum after plugging up the breakdown area again. Fearns and Louw in the thick of things once more.
14 PENALTY, BATH, FORD! 6-3 Over she goes, and Bath regain a deserved lead.
13 It looks like try-time! The maul rumbles right up to the line, Jerome Garces goes upstairs to check. At worst, it's a penalty to Bath.
12 This game really is not lacking in intensity - the hits are flying in! Bath win a penalty and Ford puts them right down on the Saints five-metre line. Great field position here.
10 Super counter-attack from Abendanon with the chip, chase, and hack through. Mopped up by Myler and Saints can clear away under pressure.
7 PENALTY, SAINTS, MYLER! 3-3 No problem for Myler, and we're all square with seven minutes gone.
6 Scrum penalty, Saints. Corbisiero one, Wilson nil. Myler points to the sticks.
5 But from that scrum, the Bath eight retreat and Houston fumbles. Now Saints have a great attacking opportunity.
4 Fearns and Louw show their strength in holding up Ken Pisi, creating the maul and winning the scrum on their own 22.
2 PENALTY, BATH, FORD! 3-0 The first points of the Challenge Cup Final go to Bath as Ford slams over the penalty with aplomb. Great kick.
1 First penalty with 40 seconds on the clock, and it goes the way of Bath as Saints don't roll away. It's on halfway, and Ford is going for three.
1 Here we go! Cracking atmosphere here in Cardiff, and Ford gets us underway!
Teams just emerging here at the Arms Park, buckle in for a special all-English affair!
The Saints backline is equally potent, with George North, the Pisi brothers, Luther Burrell and Ben Foden all featuring. Courtney Lawes partners Samu Manoa in the engine room, while Tom Wood will do battle with Louw at the breakdown.
The hosts aim to send full-back Nick Abendanon off to Clermont with a winners' medal in his pocket - he starts in a backline that includes highly-rated wingers Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson, with George Ford wearing 10. Springbok openside Francois Louw returns to the pack.
Hello and welcome to Arms Park in Cardiff for our coverage of the Amlin Challenge Cup between Bath and Northampton. Kick-off is at 20.00 local time, don't stray too far away!
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