Premiership: Northampton’s Chris Boyd relieved to win after late surge

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Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd was relieved to earn five points against Bath after a “terrible” first 60 minutes on Saturday.

Boyd’s men claimed a 36-31 victory over Bath in the Premiership this weekend after trailing by a whopping 19 points at one stage.

Late win

Despite the poor performance in the first 60 minutes, Boyd was proud of his team’s character in getting over the line.

“I thought we were terrible in the first 60 minutes,” he said.

“That was the worst we have played for a long time in that 60 minutes, but we managed to rally and step over at the end. I am very proud of the character shown by the guys at the end.

“We are pleased to take the five points and get the Rec (Recreation Ground) bogey off our back, but it was a horrible first 60 minutes.”

At the halfway stage Boyd was upset with their attacking output and how his side failed to capitalise on the chance they had.

“It was a little bit blue, a little bit testy. We created very few chances, and those we created we butchered,” he added.

“It went out to 31-12, and at that stage I thought the season was over and we were just going to be playing for pride.

“The boys know that they have used their get out of jail card, and we won’t get that opportunity against Harlequins on Friday or Saracens in the game after that. We know we have to be way better than that.

“Quins and Saracens will pose different problems, that’s why they are sitting in second and third in the table.”

Bath head coach Neal Hatley was upset with his team for relinquishing a solid lead and lamented their lack of consistency.

“At 31-12, there shouldn’t be a way back into the game for them. I am really frustrated. It wasn’t good enough,” he said.

“We lost Josh Bayliss injured, then we had Jaco Coetzee in the sin-bin, so with 13 men, there is going to be a little bit of panic.

“There were some good bits, but that is the issue. The good bits are very good, but the drop-off is startling.

“When we’ve been good, we have been very good, and when we haven’t been very good it has been very bad.”

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