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Saracens 20-16 Bath

Saracens (5) 20
Tries: Penney 2, Walker, Barrell

Bath (16) 16
Try: Crockett Con: James Pens: James 3

Saracens v Bath

Saracens stunned Bath with a second-half fightback to snatch an unlikely Premiership win at Vicarage Road.

Don Barrell raced down the left wing to score in the corner with minutes left after Rodd Penney's length-of-the-field try gave Sarries a glimmer of hope.

Bath were dominant and led 16-5 at half-time after Alex Crockett's try.

Glen Jackson missed a host of kicks for Sarries but Penney's first try before the break and a score from Alex Walker dragged the home side back into it.

Saracens coaching co-ordinator Richard Graham on the departure of director of rugby Eddie Jones:

"I'm very, very proud of the boys and their commitment to the task after, obviously, a difficult week. They have bought into what we are doing.

"He (Jones) was a massive part of the build-up."

Bath head coach Steve Meehan:
"At 16-0 we had the opportunity to put the first half to bed, didn't take it and let them in. That shouldn't happen.

"Then in the second half we never converted any of our pressure and Saracens converted theirs.

"We should never have let Saracens get into that position. Defensively we fell off too many tackles, we weren't aggressive enough in our first phase and in attack we turned over the ball far too much."

Saracens: Goode, Haughton, Ratuvou, Barritt, Penney, Jackson, Marshall, Visagie, Walker, Mercey, Ryder, Chesney, Jack, van Heerden, Skirving, Aguero.
Replacements: Powell for Goode (11), Ross for Ratuvou (41), Walker for Mercey (74), Seymour for Aguero (60).
Not Used: Aguero, Melck, Wilson, Barrell.

Sin Bin: Chesney (24).

Bath: Abendanon, Maddock, Crockett, Berne, Banahan, James, Bemand, Flatman, Hawkins, Bell, Harrison, Short, Hooper, Scaysbrook, Browne.
Replacements: Higgins for Maddock (74), Cheeseman for Berne (68), Jarvis for Flatman (75), Faamatuainu for Bell (66), Beattie for Short (41).
Not Used: Lilley, Baxter.

Att: 8,092

Referee: Chris White (RFU).

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see also
Coach Jones leaves Saracens early
13 Mar 09 |  Saracens
Harlequins 21-15 Saracens
07 Mar 09 |  English
Bath 45-8 Bristol
07 Mar 09 |  English

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