Opposition view: Bath boss Blackadder admits Saints were a tough opponent

Bath boss Todd Blackadder admitted Saints gave his side 'a really tough game' at The Rec on Saturday.

Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 1:47 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 1:58 pm
Bath battled to beat Saints on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Bath battled to beat Saints on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Blackadder's men just edged over the line as Dan Biggar's late conversion hit the post to hand the home side a scrappy 17-15 success in torrid conditions.

Saints had gone 7-0 up after Cobus Reinach's try but Freddie Burns hit back after he intercepted Reinach's pass.

Bath then took the lead for the first time, taking a 17-7 advantage into the closing stages before Saints battled back to give themselves hope of a draw.

But Biggar couldn't make a difficult kick from the touchline as the home side celebrated a narrow victory.

And relieved Blackadder said: “It was a really tough game – you want to be the team that wins in conditions like that.

“I really felt at half-time that while we did not have a lot of territory, we were quite physically dominant. But a little lack of control and poor discipline let them back into it.

“We definitely had an edge in the scrums and in the second half our lineout went a lot better.

"Our line speed was good too, but there were little moments when we should have been more alive.”