13 February 2013, 2:36pm
Bath Rugby welcomed back the Aviva Premiership with an emphatic bonus point win over Worcester Warriors at the Rec 32-9.
A toughly fought first-half saw Bath leading 13-9 at the break with tries from Peter Stringer and Rob Webber and a penalty from Stephen Donald.
The first try of the game came from the quick-thinking of veteran scrum-half Stringer. The attack started with a great break from Ben Skirving who crashed through several defenders to set up a ruck, the ball was quickly dished out to Nick Abendanon who dodged a couple of tackles before off-loading to Tom Biggs who took the ball in to set up another ruck. From there, Stringer picked the ball up and sniped around the corner to dive over the Warriors line, making the score 5-0.
Warriors replied by kicking a penalty but it was Bath who scored the next try. After a fantastic rolling maul from the forwards, Webber was able to dive under the tangle of bodies to somehow get the ball down to score his first try in the Blue, Black and White.
Worcester came back with two more penalties from Danny Gray, with Donald adding one of his own, to make it 13-9 at half time.
The second-half began with the Warriors putting early pressure on Bath but coming away with nothing to show for it.
This gave Bath the motivation to go onto the front foot and when Kyle Eastmond whipped the ball out to Biggs on the wing, there was only one possible outcome in the minds of the fans - "this is a try". And sure enough, after skipping past four defenders, Biggs dived over the line to make the score 18-9, putting some daylight between Bath and the visitors.
The important bonus point try came courtesy of Horacio Agulla, who received a fantastic miss-pass from Eastmond to step inside and dive over the line. Replacement Scotland international Tom Heathcote added the conversion, extending the lead to 25-9.
The final score of the game once again came from Agulla, with Heathcote using his footballing skills to put in a little chip over the Warriors defence to create a world class try with Agulla running onto the kick to dive over the line, to cap off a great performance by the whole team!
Final score – Bath Rugby 32 – Worcester Warriors 9.