4 September 2012, 6:36pm
The opening match of our Aviva Premiership campaign saw over 500 Bath supporters march up the old Roman Highway to Worcester, in time to see the long awaited return of The Warriors mascot "Maximus" to duty at Sixways.
With impressive pre-match dance moves, Maximus was left devastated as the boys in blue, black and white - supported by our very own Centurion followers - broke the Worcester hearts with the last gasp winning kick of the match from 8 out of 8 star man Olly Barkley.
The first half was a matter of the boys not having possession, giving away what ball they had and being penalised by Referee Luke Pearce, who was keen that both teams followed his position of releasing in the tackle. With only 14 minutes on the clock Bath had conceded four penalties, were down 12 -0, had yet to carry the ball through any phases and were looking concerned as Goode was out-kicking the boys from both the tee and out of hand.
Half time was a relief for both players and fans, with the latter able to enjoy brilliant sunshine from the East stand, which was populated with hundreds of travelling supporters.
The second half showed that the boys have a new resilience, determination and belief, as they set about slowly taking control of a difficult game. After 65 minutes Olly kicked another penalty to give the team the lead for the first time in the match. This was just the start of a see-saw of points as first Worcester responded with a hard earned try, then followed an exchange of misses and successes that led to the dramatic last play of the match, with that winning kick from Olly.
There was little flair to admire from either side, however the front five from Bath were impressive, with debutants Dominic Day and Paul James, a rejuvenated Mearsy and the power house Fearnsy all standing out with great distinction!
Despite Olly not starting at 10 for some 3 years, he controlled the game well and looks back to his best form since being part of the England set up.
Whilst Carl 'The Inferno' Fearns - as he is affectionately known by the Centurion members - was world class, the first Centurions man of the match of the season goes to Olly, for his kicking perfection.
There are still tickets available for the first home game of the Aviva Premiership season this Saturday 8th September against London Wasps. Call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865 to secure your place today!