Late try from David Ribbans help Northampton Saints edge out Bath Rugby 27-26

Zach Mercer's try went in vain for Bath Rugby
Zach Mercer's try went in vain for Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints 27-26 Bath Rugby, Franklin's Gardens

David Ribbans scored the decisive final try while James Grayson landed the conversion in the added minutes as Northampton Saints completed a 27-26 win over Bath Rugby in their Gallagher Premiership encounter at Franklin's Gardens.

The win has taken the Saints to the fifth position in the table with 35 points while Bath slip to seventh with 34 points.

After the first 16 minutes went without a point, Grayson broke the deadlock with a penalty kick in the 17th minute to provide Northampton with a 3-0 lead.

The visitors bounced back hard close to the half-hour mark when Ruaridh McConnochie touched down and a Rhys Priestland's conversion meant the teams finished a low-scoring first half with a 3-7 scoreline.

Priestland kicked his first penalty immediately after the restart as the visitors increased their lead to seven points and it was retained for the next few minutes when Rory Hutchinson and Zach Mercer traded tries in a span of four minutes.

The trend continued with Priestland and Grayson also exchanging penalties before the Saints went on to level the scores by the 65th minute when Alex Mitchell went over the line and was improved by the fly-half.

As the game entered the final 10 minutes, all the three results were on the cards but it was Todd Blackadder's men, who took the first blow with back to back penalties from Priestland but there was still time left for Northampton to steal a win with efforts from Ribbans and Grayson in the added minutes.

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