Bath Saracens produced a great performance to bring home a bonus point from their visit to runaway league leaders Amesbury who remain unbeaten this season.
Sarries learnt from the mistakes of their first encounter back in September, and managed to limit the effectiveness of the Amesbury back line by keeping the ball in hand and maintaining a disciplined defence. After playing into a stiff breeze in the first half they turned around at the break trailing 19 – 7.
The second half saw both defences standing strong for a long period before a flurry of tries from both sides in the final quarter.
Amesbury broke the deadlock first with their fourth and fifth tries before Sarries added their second. Centre Ben Johns touched down after a dazzling run that started well inside his own half. They then added a third when scrum half Matt Tomes-Smith took a quick penalty and fed wing James Baldwin who crossed in the corner.
In the closing stages Sarries suffered a setback when their number 8 and man of the match Lance Martin, was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle. Amesbury took the opportunity to add their final try, however Sarries hit straight back. Captain Ed Bell made a break from just inside the Amesbury half and with great support from full back Owen Swabey, centre Pete Baldwin was on hand to take the scoring pass, earning them a well deserved try bonus point. 14 man Sarries kept the intensity high right up until the final whistle and only a last ditch defensive effort denied prop Mark Boxall a try and the Sarries a second bonus point.
Bath Saracens travel to Warminster this Saturday hoping to close the gap on their 3rd placed opponents.