Human endeavour brings Saints to earth

Bath 42 Northampton 13

Bath made it something of an Australian double yesterday. In the wake of the Wallabies' World Cup semi-final triumph over the All Blacks, the one-time KO kings rewarded their Aussie coaching team of John Connolly and Brian Smith with victory over Northampton, whose coach is the New Zealander Wayne Smith.

It was not a classic, maybe, but it was keenly fought, and Bath were reduced to 14 men for a quarter of the match after having two men shown yellow cards. Saints, the last side to win here, in March, were in the game for more than an hour, getting into great positions and creating chances enough to steal it, but then Bath turned it on and ran away with it.

The first half in particular was a stop-start affair and, judging by the irritating number of times the whistle sounded - generally when something interesting was boiling up for one team or the other - there might well be a case for issuing referees with a silent version, the sort used by dog owners. At least then the players would be allowed to carry on, and the referee would have satisfied himself by sounding off, soundlessly.

Bath were the chief transgressors, although both sides had a man in the sin-bin before the first half was out, but by then Bath had scored an all-important first try when Wylie Human, their right- winger, latched on to a Nick Beal pass intended for Bruce Reihana. The Blue Bulls flier tore up the middle unmolested for 45 metres and presented Olly Barkley with a simple conversion.

Saints, for whom Shane Drahm had landed a couple of penalties, came out firing after the interval. Reihana kicked ahead and Martyn Wood fell on the ball on the line, only for it to squirt out cruelly. Reihana, following up, had the simplest of touchdowns. Two minutes later Bath cancelled it out. They won a line-out and the ball flew out flat and fast to Barkley, who popped up a pass for the centre Robbie Kydd. The 21-year-old Australian muscled his way through a couple of attempted tackles to dive over.

Simon Danielli, back from World Cup duty with Scotland, went into the sin-bin, but Saints failed to take advantage of the extra man and shortly after Danielli's return the disappointingly modest crowd of 5,723 saw Zak Feaunati, James Scaysbrook and finally Danielli himself cross in rapid succession to complete the rout. Bath, who last won the Cup in 1996, are through to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Bath: M Perry (P Sampson, 71); W Human, R Kydd, A Higgins, J Williams (S Danielli, 29); O Barkley, M Wood (H Martens, 71); D Flatman, J Humphreys (capt, L Mears, 62), D Bell (M Stevens, 62), S Borthwick, R Fidler, A Beattie, I Feaunati (S Gray, 71), M Lipman (J Scaysbrook, 68).

Northampton: N Beal; J Brooks, C Hyndman, J Leslie (co-capt), B Reihana; S Drahm (J Sleightholme, 71), J Howard (B Jones, 76); R Morris (B Sturgess, 49-71), D Richmond (M Miles, 68), C Budgen (B Sturgess, 3-6), M Lord (G Seely, 59), R Hunter (J Phillips, 62), M Connors, A Blowers (co-capt), D Fox.

Referee: A Rowden (Reading).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
love + sex
Arts and Entertainment
Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles
tvReview: No soggy bottoms, but plenty of other baking disasters on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Sport
Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle
footballNewcastle 0 Man United 1: Last minute strike seals precious victory
Life and Style
Tikka Masala has been overtaken by Jalfrezi as the nation's most popular curry
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Seth Rogan is one of America’s most famous pot smokers
filmAmy Pascal resigned after her personal emails were leaked following a cyber-attack sparked by the actor's film The Interview
News
Benjamin Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb – the Israeli PM shows his ‘evidence’
people
Arts and Entertainment
80s trailblazer: comedian Tracey Ullman
tv
News
i100
Life and Style
A statue of the Flemish geographer Gerard Kremer, Geradus Mercator (1512 - 1594) which was unveiled at the Geographical Congree at Anvers. He was the first person to use the word atlas to describe a book of maps.
techThe 16th century cartographer created the atlas
Arts and Entertainment
Stephen Tompkinson is back as DCI Banks
tvReview: Episode one of the new series played it safe, but at least this drama has a winning formula
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot