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- Aviva Premiership
- 28th Dec 2013
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 12,856
Aviva Premiership: Northampton Saints run in six tries to beat Bath
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Northampton battled back from a 13-0 deficit to beat Bath 43-25 in an entertaining Aviva Premiership clash at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
Christian Day scored two tries for Saints, who ran in six in total on their way to a bonus-point win over their fellow top-four challengers.
George Pisi, Jamie Elliott, Samu Manoa and George North also crossed as Saints denied Bath their 12th consecutive win in all competitions.
The league's most accurate goalkicker Stephen Myler added 13 points to ensure Bath left without even a losing bonus point.
Bath raced into a 13-0 lead thanks to Kyle Eastmond's try and two penalties and a conversion for George Ford.
But the visitors' best record in a decade came crashing down as Northampton scored twice to turn the game when Bath prop Paul James was in the sin-bin.
Day's second score opened the second half in style for Saints before Bath rallied with a try for Rob Webber.
Manoa and Leroy Houston traded tries as Bath battled for a final-quarter turnaround, before North added the killer blow on the stroke of full-time.
But Bath had started the faster, their pack powering Northampton off the ball at the first scrum, and Ford slotted the penalty to end a run of five-straight missed shots at goal in the league.
Ken Pisi's weak clearance then gifted Bath both territory and a broken field.
Prop James drove into contact, Jonathan Joseph moved the ball wide to Anthony Watson and the full-back sent Eastmond home for the game's first try, with Ford adding the conversion.
North's commanding claim of a high ball galvanised the hosts to find a foothold in the game.
Two 22 penalties and as many mauls from Saints later, Bath prop James was sent to the sin-bin for collapsing one of those drives.
A man light, Bath had no chance of defending another five-metre maul, so it was an easy trot home for Saints lock Day and Myler added the conversion.
North exposed Bath's high-ball fragility once again, with Horacio Agulla penalised for taking out the airborne Wales wing.
Another penalty, another maul, and Saints were sniffing try blood once more.
Manoa fed North on the charge into the 22, Kahn Fotuali'i found Elliott with a pinpoint cross-field chip, and George Pisi finished in the right corner.
Myler's conversion wrestled Northampton's first lead in the contest, 14-13 just past the half-hour.
A penalty for obstruction allowed Saints more line-out field position, launching another high-octane attack, and even Bath's now full complement could not hold out.
Ken Pisi was unable to sneak into the left corner, but Saints stayed patient, recycled well and robbed Bath of cover on the right.
Myler's looping miss-pass capitalised on the overlap, Burrell fed George Pisi and he in turn sent Elliott into the corner unopposed.
There was to be no slow start for Saints after the break. Lock Day claimed his second score as Northampton found immediate fluency to secure the try bonus point, with Myler slotting the conversion for a 28-13 lead.
Hooker Webber capped a determined drive with a try for Bath just before the hour to enliven the contest once more.
But just four minutes later Saints' United States number eight Manoa powered over, cutting a smart inside line off Elliott on the short side.
That ought to have ended the argument, but still Bath gritted their teeth, and exploited their scrum dominance.
Bath's pack drove Saints off the ball from a five-metre set-piece, and replacement number eight Houston did the honours for the visitors' third score.
Northampton rallied once again though, just as they had every time Bath exerted pressure, and Myler slotted his first penalty of the day.
With Bath trying to force one last attack, Saints snaffled possession and North raced in to close a fine day for the home side.
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|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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