|Northampton (3) 3|
|Bath (3) 18|
|Tries: De Glanville, McConnochie Con: Priestland Pens: Matavesi, Priestland|
Bath scored two second-half tries at Franklin’s Gardens as they beat Northampton for their third straight win since the season restarted, sending them fourth in the Premiership.
It was a grim first half with just a penalty each for either side, Wales stand-off Dan Biggar cancelling out Bath’s opener from Josh Matavesi.
But Bath full-back Tom de Glanville got over in the left corner on 57 minutes.
Ruaridh McConnochie scored a second for the visitors 10 minutes later.
Sam Matavesi, brother of Bath fly-half Josh, made a handling error and that allowed replacement centre McConnochie the chance to cash in with an intervention try.
The twice-capped England winger, who had only been on the pitch five minutes, juggled the ball but held on to dash over from 30 yards out.
De Glanville’s opener, his second try in five days after he scored his first in the Premiership in Saturday’s 38-16 win at Leicester, was also taken well.
Ahsee Tuala spilled replacement scrum-half Ben Spencer’s bomb and De Glanville latched onto the pass over the top to slide home.
But the highly-rated 20-year-old, son of former Bath and England centre Phil de Glanville, was injured in the process of scoring. He was receiving treatment while the try was referred to the TMO and took no further part in the contest with a suspected neck injury.
Former Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland, who came off the bench to deputise at 15 for the injured De Glanville, rounded off the scoring with two successful kicks, converting McConnochie’s try and landing a late penalty.
It was only Bath’s second win in their last 19 trips to Franklin’s Gardens, and it lifted them above Wasps in the battle for the play-offs.
Northampton, still to record a home Premiership win since the turn of the year, made a full 15 changes from Sunday’s 27-3 win at London Irish.
They were forced into one further late change when full-back Harry Mallinder was ruled out with a knee injury, which meant teenager Tommy Freeman started on the wing for his Premiership debut.
And they were further hampered by a first-half yellow card for flanker JJ Tonks but, once Bath got their noses in front, the dominance of their powerful pack meant that was no way back for Saints.
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd: “We’re conceding too many too easily, and not scoring enough ourselves, so we need to rectify both ends of the field.
“Fundamental mistakes, accuracies, poor executions, when the pressure comes on at the moment we’re just not able to get our game going, either offensively or defensively.
“We have to go back to the drawing board, we’ve dug a hole for ourselves and we’ll see how this young group responds to this.”
Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper: “We are making sure we look after Tom the best we can. He took a hit, and credit to him for scoring the try. But thoughts are with him at the moment.
“Northampton are a fantastic attacking team and the boys put in for each other out there.
“It was an incredible effort putting their bodies on the line. The way they worked for each other was absolutely outstanding.”
Northampton: Tuala; Freeman, Dingwall, Francis, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Taylor; Auterac, Fish, Franks, Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa, Lawes, Tonks, Harrison (capt).
Replacements: Painter for Franks (53), Van Wyk for Auterac (53), Hutchinson for Francis (55), Collins for Freeman (59), Matavesi for Tonks (59), Bean for Ratuniyarawa (63), Uru for Fish (68), James for Taylor (76).
Sin Bin: Tonks (19).
Bath: De Glanville; Rokoduguni, Clark, Redpath, Hamer-Webb; J Matavesi, Chudley; Obano, Walker, Judge, W Spencer, Stooke, Williams, Bayliss (capt), Mercer.
Replacements: Dunn for Walker (50), Stuart for Judge (50), Ewels for W Spencer (50), Reid for Bayliss (51), Boyce for Obano (55), B Spencer for Chudley (55), Priestland for de Glanville (59), McConnochie for Clark (62).
Referee: Christophe Ridley.