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Bath close in on home semi-final

Bath shook off their mid-winter blues with a 46-14 bonus-point win over Northampton that puts them in pole position for a home semi-final in the LV= Cup.

Northampton, missing 10 players to England and the second-string Saxons, were well in touch until the last quarter but were then blitzed by three tries in seven minutes from Olly Woodburn, Stephen Donald and Charlie Beech.

Earlier tries had been scored by Ross Batty and Anthony Perenise - a spectacular sprint by the Samoan prop from nearly 40 metres, while Olly Barkley kicked 21 points.

Saints' points came from a try by prop Alex Waller and three Stephen Myler penalties.

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