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Sep 09

Rhys Priestland inspires Bath to an impressive victory over Saracens

• Bath 31-21 Saracens
• Semesa Rokoduguni scores two late tries for home side

Rhys Priestland squatted in the shadows at Bath for two years as the light danced on George Ford, but one of the more reserved playmakers has emerged unblinking to more than offset the loss of the England fly-half. He set up a victory that initially looked routine only to become remarkable when in the final four minutes Semesa Rokoduguni scored two solo tries.

Few sides find time to breathe when confronted by Saracens’ suffocating defence, but under Priestland’s gentle prompting, Bath regularly worked the ball wide and so discomfited the European champions that by the end of the first half Schalk Brits was remonstrating furiously with the officials after Kahn Fotuali’i milked the hooker for a penalty.

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