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Saracens 30-22 Bath

Saracens (14) 30
Tries: Melck, Haughton Cons: Jackson Pens: Jackson (6)

Bath (15) 22
Tries: Fa'amatuainu (2), Hobson Cons: Little, Davis Pens: Little

LV= Cup

Saracens twice came from behind to beat Bath for the second time in nine days.

Jonny Faamatuainu's dummied pass earned him Bath's first try, with Scott Hobson barging over for the second.

Justin Melck's try, allied to Glen Jackson's kicking, kept Saracens in touch, before Nicky Little restored Bath's points cushion before the break.

Richard Haughton's try put the hosts ahead and although Faamatuainu scored a second try, Jackson kept slotting over the penalties to earn victory.

Saracens head coach Brendan Venter:

"I am very happy with that. When you have to make changes, it can affect continuity, but we did not send out a second XV, we simply used our rotation policy.

"Winning is a habit and leads to momentum. How can you build squad unity by sending out one team and telling them they are the second-rated XV and another side are the first XV ? It does not work.

"Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, said our Premiership is poor. Hey, tell that to my guys, tell that to Leicester."

Bath head coach Steve Meehan:

"The result is disappointing, but I was really happy with our young fellas. We beat them on tries 3-2 but did not get the rub of the green in any shape or form.

"Some of the penalties in the second half were inexplicable and I'll need to have a word with the referee about that. The score was five penalties apiece at the break, but 8-4 against us second half.

"Otherwise, this is a great opportunity to see some of the guys who are training with the first team and those who are considered to be second or third-choice Premiership players."

Saracens: Horak, Haughton, Penney, Sorrell, Tagicakibau, Jackson, Barrett, Aguero, Reynecke, Mercey, Smith, Botha, van Heerden, Melck, Joubert.

Replacements: Goode for Horak (60), Short for Tagicakibau (41), de Kock for Barrett (58), Ongaro for Reynecke (53), Skuse for Mercey (41), Brits for Joubert (51). Not Used: Lealamanua, Ryder.

Bath: Cuthbert, Stephenson, Cheeseman, Williams, Crane, Little, Bemand, Barnes, Hawkins, Jarvis, Hobson, Short, Browne, Ovens, Fa'amatuainu.

Replacements: Davis for Crane (46), Baxter for Bemand (46), Catt for Barnes (65), Dixon for Hawkins (65), Lilley for Jarvis (74), Beattie for Browne (51), Mercer for Ovens (55), Jackson for Fa'amatuainu (76).

Att: 6,654

Ref: D Richards (RFU).

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Bath 11-12 Saracens
31 Oct 09 |  English

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