RugbyU: Undiluted Joy For Bath As Houston Returns With A Bang

RugbyU: Undiluted joy for Bath as Houston returns with a bang

LONDON, (Pakistan Point News - APP -17th Sept,2016) : Australian backrow forward Leroy Houston made an immediate impact on his return to Bath scoring a try in their come from behind 37-22 victory over Worcester on Saturday. The bonus point win saw them top the Premiership table after three games just ahead of champions Saracens, who beat Northampton 27-12. The 29-year-old Houston, who agreed to return to Bath from the Queensland Reds this week after the English side lost two of their first choice backrow forwards, Welsh star Taulupe Faletau and David Denton, inspired a fightback after Worcester led 17-6 at half-time.

His storming run early in the second-half set up England international back Anthony Watson who touched down and shortly afterwards Matt Banahan added a second try with England fly-half George Ford converting both. The visitors were shellshocked and never regained any sort of momentum as the hosts swamped them and added two more tries through Semesa Rokodugun and Houston, whose iconic status at the club was reflected by the cries of 'Leroooy, Leroooy' that echoed round the ground.

Bath's victory was their seventh successive win over the Warriors, and the defeat meant Worcester have lost all 12 of their trips to Bath in all competitions. Northampton more than held their own at Saracens -- a profitable hunting ground for them in the recent past as they had won on their two previous visits there -- and led 12-9 heading towards the hour mark. However, the game turned on its head as prop Alex Waller dump-tackled Saracens hooker Jamie George -- the referee sin-binning the Saints player after consulting with the tv referee.

Saracens opted to go for the try rather than the penalty-levelling kick and their audacity paid off as George touched down -- Alex Lozowski, standing in for the still injured Owen Farrell, failed to convert to leave it Saracens 14 Northampton 12. Saints never really got back into it with the European champions adding a penalty try which Lozowski did convert and the visitors ended the game with their barrel-chested centre Luther Burrell having to be taken off after his head connected with his former England team-mate Brad Barritt's hip.

Exeter, the team Saracens beat in the championship final, finally got their first win on the board after two disappointing defeats as they beat Harlequins 36-25. The hosts piled on the points in the opening half with Luke Cowan Dickie and Lachie Turner both going over twice and with Gareth Steenson -- who came in to rectify their kicking problems -- slotting over almost everything he was asked to do with the boot they held a commanding 29-13 advantage at half-time. Cowan-Dickie secured his hat-trick early in the second-half to end any hopes Harlequins might have harboured of coming back. However, the visitors did regain some pride in touching down twice in the second-half, England scrum-half Danny Care getting one of them. Sunday's action sees the star studded Wasps side try to maintain their unbeaten start to the season at home to Bristol.