Aviva Premiership Final 2015: Score and Reaction for Bath Rugby vs. Saracens

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Owen Farrell of Saracens scores the opening try during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Saracens were crowned the 2015 Aviva Premiership champions on Saturday as they downed Bath 28-16 in Twickenham's final.

Three first-half scores from Mark McCall's men saw them open up a huge 25-3 lead by half-time to get one hand on the trophy.

Bath came out positively in the second half and slashed the deficit, but they were never truly likely to catch Sarries, who eventually cruised to victory.

Premiership Rugby confirmed the result:

Premiership Rugby @premrugby

AND IT'S OVER! @Saracens are champions again as they beat @bathrugby 28-16 - Congratulations! #AvivaPremFinal http://t.co/VIF1iJtMvU

Man-of-the-match Owen Farrell highlighted the importance of his side's second-half resilience in seeing out the victory, per Saracens:

Saracens Rugby Club @Saracens

MOTM @owen_faz: "We've had to work hard to get to where we are today. We had to stay on it in the 2nd half. We did our job and got the win."

Saracens dominated proceedings from the off and opened the scoring after just seven minutes, with Farrell running in a try after a tremendous move.

A string of phases ended in an exchange of passes between Farrell and Duncan Taylor that opened up the Bath defence for the fly-half to run through and score, and he duly converted his own try.

Sarries continued to hammer the Bath defence, and David Strettle very nearly ran in a second score in the 12th minute, but he couldn't hold on to Farrell's cross-field kick.

However, hooker Jamie George did score Saracens' second try two minutes later, running in from 25 metres after intercepting Kyle Eastmond's pass. 

As noted by Rugby World's Owain Jones, it was impressive work from George, as Saracens moved into a 12-0 lead:

Owain Jones @OwainJTJones

Jamie George showing clean pair of heels to Bath defence. Been some week for the young Saracen. All Sarries, suffocating Bath, as expected

More bad news for Bath came just before the midway point in the first half, as Anthony Watson was officially replaced by Ollie Devoto, having been taken off for examination after a high tackle from Farrell, per Northampton Saints' Ben Foden:

Ben Foden @ben_foden

Big loss for Bath @anthonywatson_ going off as he is a guy who can create something from nothing, will definitely be missed! #AvivaPremFinal

Just after the half-hour mark, Sarries piled more pain on their opponents when Chris Wyles scored the third try of the afternoon after more terrific play.

Another interception saw Taylor snatch the ball, and Strettle used great imagination to keep the move alive, kicking the ball up to himself after a short pass. The ball was then moved out to the left for Wyles to go over the try line.

One George Ford penalty for Bath saw them go in at half-time 3-25 down, the biggest-ever deficit at the midway point in a Premiership final.

Bath looked to be positive on resumption, and Ford picked up another three points with a penalty early in the second half after another high tackle from Farrell.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Jonathan Joseph of Bath claims a high ball under pressure from Petrus Du Plessis of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by
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In the 52nd minute, Bath finally found a five-pointer through Jonathan Joseph, who skipped and accelerated through the Saracens defence and ran in an excellent score.

On the hour mark, Ford kicked another penalty to see the deficit cut to nine, and Mike Ford's men were showing encouraging signs that they could pull off a miraculous comeback. However, Saracens pulled themselves together after some sloppy work early in the second half and controlled the final quarter to confirm a triumphant victory.

It was fully deserved after a blistering first-half performance and a fine response following their extra-time defeat to Northampton Saints in 2014's final.


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