JJ Hanrahan holds nerve to secure points for Saints

Former Munster back kicks late penalty as Northampton edge contest with Bath

Northampton’s JJ Hanrahan kicks their winning penalty against Bath.

Northampton’s JJ Hanrahan kicks their winning penalty against Bath.

 

Northampton maintained their recent dominance over Bath after former Munster outhalf JJ Hanrahan’s late penalty shaded a dour Recreation Ground contest.

The Kerryman’s 72nd-minute strike edged Saints home 13-11, and made it 10 games unbeaten against the west country club in all competitions.

Wing Semesa Rokoduguni looked to have condemned Northampton to a fourth Premiership defeat of the season after his classy second-half try put Bath in front, but Hanrahan had other ideas.

Rokoduguni’s touchdown followed two George Ford penalties after Northampton led through centre Luther Burrell’s try when he intercepted a Ford pass, while Hanrahan landed an earlier penalty and conversion.

Elsewhere, new England head coach Eddie Jones watched from the stands as Harlequins completed a 38-7 victory over London Irish.

Jones was present for his first match since replacing Stuart Lancaster and was flanked by RFU hief executive Ian Ritchie and Premiership Rugby supremo Mark McCafferty.

The Australian, his head covered by a large black beanie hat, will have noted lively performances from scrumhalf Danny Care and outside centre George Lowe, but it was Tim Visser who stole the show.

Scotland’s Dutch-born wing claimed a hat-trick of tries, each of which took some finishing with the 28-year-old’s strength and pace proving the undoing of Irish’s defence.

The debate over Chris Robshaw will not have moved on after Saturday afternoon, with England’s incumbent captain and openside merely workmanlike apart from a late burst into space.

Jones, who was forced to delay the start of his post as he waited for his visa to be issued, said of Robshaw during the World Cup that “at international level he just doesn’t have that point of difference” and must have seen little at Twickenham Stoop to change his mind.

Quins were able to celebrate a bonus-point victory that strengthens their challenge for a place in the play-offs, while Irish are still searching for their first match points of the season.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.