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Summary

  1. FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens
  2. Sarries top of the Premiership, Bath ninth
  3. Bath's Anthony Watson sent off for foul play
  4. Chris Ashton scores on return from 10-week ban
  5. Eight of England's Grand Slam-winning team on show

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Saracens march on

FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens

So Saracens extend their lead at the top of the Premiership to eight points over second-placed Exeter, while Bath's faint hopes of a Champions Cup place are looking slimmer by the day.

The debate about Anthony Watson's red card tonight will surely continue over the coming weeks. But for now, thanks for joining us tonight. Do have a good weekend.

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Coming up this weekend

FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens

For more fun and games from the Premiership, do join us again tomorrow afternoon. We'll have live text and BBC local radio commentary from four tasty-looking matches, starting at 14:45 BST.

Exeter Chiefs v Worcester

Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons

London Irish v Sale Sharks

Leicester Tigers v Gloucester

Recap

FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens

Chris Ashton
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Chris Ashton scored twice on his return from a 10-week ban as Premiership leaders Saracens beat Bath, who had England wing Anthony Watson sent off.

Watson was shown a straight red card for taking Sarries full-back Alex Goode out in the air with half an hour to go.

The visitors were already 18-3 ahead at the time, with Will Fraser and Mike Ellery both crossing before the break.

Two tries for Ashton, banned for making contact with the eyes of Ulster's Luke Marshall, sealed Saracens' bonus point.

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FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens

Saracens were unbelievable today. They were first class all the way and deserved the win.

Jeff WilliamsBath back on BBC Radio Bristol

Reaction

FT: Bath 10-30 Saracens

Saracens' Alex Goode tells BT Sport: "It is an incredibly hard place to come down here. At times our attack was brilliant, ruthless. We really went after them."

Full-time

Bath 10-30 Saracens

Mercifully from Bath's point of view, Saracens opt to kick for touch and bring this game to an end rather than push for a fifth try. Saracens have won, convincingly, and it has been very comfortable.

Bath 10-30 Saracens

In surely the last play of the game. Saracens win yet another penalty. It is the 13th that Bath have conceded tonight. The visitors have the ball five metres out. The 80 minutes are up.

Bath 10-30 Saracens

Bath look sure to score their second try but the ball is knocked on when Rhys Priestland was in a good position. More frustration for the hosts.

Bath 10-30 Saracens

Lock Dave Attwood, it's worth us mentioning, has lasted the full game here on his return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a neck injury. Before the match he admitted he probably wasn't fully match fit, but his fitness boost could prove to be one of the few positives for Bath tonight.

Bath 10-30 Saracens

Scrum
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Saracens are easing to victory now. Bath look bruised. They had a mini revival 10 minutes ago, but the contest is all-but over now.

Try (Ashton, con Farrell)

Bath 10-30 Saracens

Straight down the other end, Saracens punish Bath with another sublime team try. Chris Ashton has his second of the night on his first match back after 10 weeks out, thanks to a perfect flick back inside to him from Will Fraser. They have a bonus point now too, and surely a comfortable win.

... And the imperious Owen Farrell curls over the conversion as well. That was class.

Bath 10-23 Saracens

Wing Semesa Rokoduguni is almost in for Bath but can't quite claim a high ball in the corner and eventually the referee gives a penalty to Saracens and the hosts may have missed a big chance there.

Bath 10-23 Saracens

Bath haven't given this up yet. They win another penalty and George Ford kicks for territory. The crowd roar. They're a man down. They need another score quickly.

Try (Houston, con Ford)

Bath 10-23 Saracens

There's relief for Saracens' Neil de Kock as he is almost caught out by an awkward bouncing ball, but it is short lived, as moments later, Bath drive and drive and Leroy Houston peels away to touch down in the corner.

The hosts have hope! Chris Cook is back on the field now too, after his sin bin. And George Ford's conversion reduces the deficit to 13 points.

Bath 3-23 Saracens

Bath force a turnover through the battling Semesa Rokoduguni and George Ford kicks into the corner. Can they find a try to make this scoreline more respectable?

No, Saracens win the ball back as the ball comes loose and the chance may be gone.

Bath 3-23 Saracens

Anthony Watson
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Ironic cheers ring our around the Rec for a lengthy standing ovation for the officials as Bath are awarded a decision. Whether that's fair on the referee is debatable, but clearly Bath are going to be unhappy about Anthony Watson's dismissal for some time.

The hosts have a scrum inside their own half.

Try (Ashton, missed con Farrell)

Bath 3-23 Saracens

There it is, Chris Ashton has a try on his comeback and that is surely game over.

Saracens drive from the line-out. It's simple. Richard Wigglesworth finds Ashton down the blindside.

He has plenty of space and the England wing easily crosses for his third Premiership try of the season.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Billy Vunipola
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Now the visitors, with a two-man advantage, pile on the pressure and they have a penalty eight metres out. They opt to kick for the corner.

Sin-bin (Cook)

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Bath are down to 13 men now as Chris Cook is shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Bath are very, very angry with that decision. Would a yellow card have been more appropriate? Alex Goode was lucky not to be badly injured though. The debate will continue for quite some time.

The game is surely over now though as Anthony Watson was arguably Bath's best player before that incident.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

I'm shocked. That's unbelievable. You've got to use common sense there - he tripped and stumbled into him.

Jeff WilliamsBath back on BBC Radio Bristol

Red card (Watson)

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Anthony Watson
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Anthony Watson is dismissed. Boos ring out around the Rec. The referee deemed that was simply too dangerous. The hosts are down to 14 men.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

There is a real bite to this match now. Did Bath's Chris Cook aim a kick at a Saracens player there? Possibly. Nothing is given.

But moments later, Alex Goode is taken out by Anthony Watson in the air when claiming a high ball. That looked nasty as Goode lands head first. We are going to the TMO and Watson could be in trouble.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

At the other end, Bath go close to their first try but are held up just short.

Semesa Rokoduguni was blocked by a very late tackle and the home fans are furious.

Alex Goode appears to have got away with that, but Bath do at least have a chance now, with a line-out close to the try line.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Wonderful play from Saracens, quick hands and Will Fraser will surely score their third try of the night.... But he just goes fractionally into touch just before dotting the ball down in the corner. It was an important last-ditch tackle from George Ford that just nudged Fraser out of play.

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Prop Nathan Catt does well to turn the ball over for the hosts and they win the first line-out of the second half, near the halfway line.

Kick-off

Bath 3-18 Saracens

Bath kick things off in the second half. Is there any way back for them?

Coming up this weekend

HT: Bath 3-18 Saracens

After tonight's action is completed, do be sure to join us again tomorrow.

Second-placed Exeter Chiefs host Worcester in one of four Premiership games on Saturday, from 15:00 BST.

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HT: Bath 3-18 Saracens

Former Bath, England and British and Irish Lions centre Jeremy Guscott has been having his say...

Bath should have tapped and gone for the try, I don't believe 3 pts is going to be the diff in this game

What do you think, will the hosts live to regret not being more ambitious with that penalty at the end of the first half?

HT: Bath 3-18 Saracens

Is there any hope of a comeback from the hosts? Could that late George Ford penalty trigger a second-half revival?

Bath did lead 13-0 in the reverse fixture between these two sides, and went on to lose 19-13....so there is certainly time left for things to change.

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HT: Bath 3-18 Saracens

What did you make of that first half then, folks? Saracens have been mightily impressive.

And what is going wrong for Bath this season? Their poor campaign looks like it could take another step backwards tonight.

Let us know your views on Twitter using #bbcrugby.

HT: Bath 3-18 Saracens

Will Fraser
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Saracens have been unbelievable tonight. Bath needed those three points just to have a sniff, if I'm being honest. But I'm staying positive.

Jeff WilliamsBath back on BBC Radio Bristol

Half-time

Bath 3-18 Saracens

That easy kick between the posts from George Ford is the last action of the first half.

Saracens will be delighted with their showing so far. Mike Ford's Bath have a lot of thinking to do at the break.

Penalty (Ford)

Bath 3-18 Saracens

That's better from the hosts at the scrum, as they earn a penalty and George Ford kicks them onto the scoreboard.

Bath 0-18 Saracens

This is all a bit too easy for Saracens so far, if we're being honest. Bath don't look joined up at all, despite the occasional nice break from Anthony Watson or Semesa Rokoduguni. Sarries have simply dominated proceedings.

Replacements

Bath 0-18 Saracens

Another blow for Bath as the versatile Matt Garvey has to go off with an injury, so on comes Leroy Houston.

Meanwhile, having just scored while temporarily replacing Marcelo Bosch, Mike Ellery goes back off the field. Not a bad few minutes from him.

Bath 0-18 Saracens

Alex Goode
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It's like having a second 10 out there with that kind of passing from Alex Goode. Unbelievable play, well done.

Jeff WilliamsBath back on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Ellery, missed con Farrell)

Bath 0-18 Saracens

What a brilliant team try! Saracens definitely look like the league leaders tonight.

They spread the ball expertly, with Brad Barritt and Alex Goode both heavily involved and eventually it is Mike Ellery who sprints over in the corner to complete a simply superb score.

Owen Farrell can't quite convert though, from a very tight angle.

Penalty (Farrell)

Bath 0-13 Saracens

It is all Saracens now, after a powerful break from hooker Schalk Brits sets them on their way and then Chris Ashton sprints towards the line as the visitors pile on the pressure. Eventually, wide on the Saracens left, Bath just manage to prevent a try but they concede a penalty in the process.

This time, it is too easy for Owen Farrell to miss and he tucks the visitors into a 13-0 lead.

Missed penalty (Farrell)

Bath 0-10 Saracens

It hits the post! Owen Farrell struck it sweetly but doesn't quite extend the lead.