Supermarine 22 Bath Saracens 27

Royal Wootton Bassett 3rds - 22nd April 2017

Bath Saracens travelled to Swindon for their latest Dorset and Wilts league fixture and were rewarded with a bonus point win for their efforts.

Sarries were caught napping during the early exchanges and the hosts quickly took the lead with an unconverted try. This shook the visitors into life and they replied with 3 first half tries from Spike Hart, Owen Swabey, and captain Alex Reilly, to take a comfortable 17-5 lead into the half time break.

Sarries appeared to be heading for a comfortable win but with the injury count mounting up and all replacements used, they were forced to re-shuffle their team. The hosts took full advantage and led by their sizeable pack they took control of the game. Three tries and a conversion saw them edge into a two point lead while Sarries were only able to add a solitary penalty from Reilly.

Sarries fitness proved invaluable in the closing stages and they finally began to put the pressure back on the hosts defence. They eventually re-gained the lead after lock Steve Hiscox was held up short of the Supermarine try line. Hart was on hand to gather up the off load and he touched down for his second try of the match, with Reilly adding the conversion.

Both defences held up well for the remainder of the game and with no further scoring Sarries came away with the win and a hard earned five points.