Back to back
This weekend Bath came to town to face Northampton in the Gallagher premiership. If you quickly cast your minds back to the earlier fixture in the season, a soaking Recreation ground hosted the Saints. Bath narrowly won this game, with a Dan Biggar kick hitting the post from the touch line. A cruel ending for the saints but they still managed to take a point away from that game. This weekend the weather couldn’t have been any more different! A sun baked Franklin’s Gardens was in full voice and were treated to a real contest.
The game kicked off and neither team really managed to land any punches, with both sides making a few unforced errors. Bath had a big back and as we expected were a difficult team to deal with in the set piece. Bath scored just before half time which meant they went into the break with their tails up, but we knew that we were definitely in the game! The second half began similarly to the first half with a few mistakes, but we managed to get a bit more of a foot hold. Penalties were kicked by both teams, and a brilliant try by Rory Hutchinson kept us within touching distance. However ever time we scored it seamed Bath came up to our end of the field and kicked a penalty which just extended their lead slightly. It took a 81st minute solo effort by David Ribbans to score under the posts and break Baths hearts.
We targeted this game as a must win game for the club. It was a game that we knew was going to be tough but the fact we managed to play relatively averagely and still sneak a win right at the death is testament to where the team is going and the improvements we are making. Last year we lost plenty of those games and it was nice to see that we managed to come out on the other side of this one.
It doesn’t get any easier though as we travel down to top 2 side Saracens. They have been a giant of European rugby for the last 3/4 seasons and caused us real problems last year. It will be a big test for us but if we can go down there and come away with a win, it will put us in a great position in the league. It is exciting to be apart of this great club as we try to find ourselves again, and its massively rewarding to see our hard work paying off.
Thank you for all your support this weekend. It was nice to see Franklin’s Gardens back to its old self!
I hope you all have a brilliant week!