The Saracens machine rumbles on as Bath's woes show no end in sight. Blackadder out?
Saracens are back to their usual tricks again with a convincing victory over Bath in front of home fans at Allianz Park earlier today. Aside from a few handling errors, Saracens were at their clinical best, with Owen Farrell and Richard Wigglesworth commanding and organising their troops to their 40 point victory.
Bath have suffered from a similar issue to the likes of Harlequins and other Premiership strugglers, high error counts and an inability to finish the chances they create. Although in fairness to the West Country side, if not for an exceptional piece of defence from the teenager Nick Isiekwe, Kahn Fotuali'i would have crossed the line towards the end of the first 40.
Saracens 15-6 half-time lead could well have been much worse for Bath had Matt Banahan not stood quite so firm in defence, doing exceptionally well to shut down a potentially dangerous Sarries attack. Here's an example of the big man scuppering Sarries momentum after a poor offload from teammate and Springbok openside Francois Louw.
Banahan may not have put either of Wyles or Lozowski down into the turf, but his positioning, pull on Lozowski's jersey and seal at the ruck means Saracens received a penalty and not seven points. The big man is going to be missed.
Bath may have restricted Saracens to 15 points by the half-time whistle, but they conceded 26 unanswered points during the second-half, with Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer all crossing the whitewash.
Todd Blackadder's side couldn't live up to the intensity of Sarries game or the defensive press the blue, black and white met whilst in possession. Rhys Priestland's performance will be most prevalent when picking apart Bath's issues. The 50-times-capped Welsh international handed Saracens two tries on a plate with one aimless clearance kick and a poor decision to go for the no-look pass.
Saracens head into the final two games of the regular season in good spirits and impressive form, but will most likely have to settle for second place considering the staggering momentum Exeter Chiefs are currently enjoying at the top of the table, who took a 45-5 victory away from the Madjeski earlier today.
Bath currently languish in eighth place and look unlikely to qualify for Champions Cup rugby next season, with Sale Sharks 10 points ahead of them in the table. If it wasn't already, Todd Blackadder's job may well be hanging in the balance after yet another woeful performance.
Bath face a tough task getting back on track with their squad's injury profile and the looming departure of club legend Matt Banahan to their fiercest rivals, Gloucester, next season. Along with Harlequins and Northampton, it's been an unpleasant season for Bath fans.
Tries: Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth, Farrell, Spencer, Burger.
Conversions: Farrell (4/6)
Penalties: Farrell (1/1)
Penalties: Priestland (2/2)