Another Friday night kick off seems like the norm this season for Bath, Northampton were the opponents as Bath looked to continue their good form they have shown so far in 2018.
The first half was very tense and both defensives not giving anything away whilst the fly halves traded penalties to take the score to 6-6. With five minutes of the first half remaining Bath were given another penalty which Burns stroked between the posts.
Just as the game looked to be coming to a close a mistimed pass from the visitors allowed Ben Tapuai to kick the ball forward and Mr Dependable, Matt Banahan was on hand to give Bath a flattering lead going into half time with Burns adding the conversion to take it to 16-6.
Saints would have gone in wondering how they were behind by ten points after having great position on at least a couple of occasions but were unable to finish off the move.
In the second half continued to keep the advantage to at least two scores and as they looked to finish off the game a brilliant piece of handling from Charlie Ewels allowed Freddie Burns to feed a delighted Nick Auterac to crash over for only his second try in the Premiership.
Looking to step up the intensity for the last ten minutes Bath came storming into the Saints half again and some quick ball allowed Auterac’s front row partner Ross Batty to get in on the act as he sailed over for Bath’s third try of the evening and leave the 13,000 Bath fans going home victorious.
The hosts will be slightly disappointed not to pick up the fourth try bonus point as they looked to finish the game off with a flourish, the bonus points they have missed recently could be very valuable towards the end of the season.
Bath take on Newcastle at Kingston Park next week in another must win game as they look to put pressure on the chasing pack and crash into the top four.