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Bath Rugby see off Warriors challenge
Worcester

Worcester Warriors 6 v 21 Bath Rugby

1 November 2013, KO 19:45

Sixways
AVIVA Premiership

Bath
Penalty | Ford 3' Penalty | Ford 6' Penalty | Ford 15' Substitution | Lemi <> Fatiaki 19' Try | Perenise 28' Conversion | Ford 29' Penalty | Warwick 37' Penalty | Warwick 41' Substitution | Abbott <> Betty 55' Substitution | Rokoduguni <> Agulla 56' Try | Agulla 58' Substitution | Stringer <> Roberts 59' Substitution | Creevy <> Brooker 60' Substitution | Galarza <> Williams 60' Substitution | Warwick <> Mieres 63' Substitution | Spencer <> Day 65' Substitution | James <> Catt 67' Substitution | Fainga'anuku <> Porter 67' Substitution | Perenise <> Orlandi 70' Substitution | Webber <> Batty 70' Substitution | Fearns <> Faosiliva 70' Substitution | Murray <> Andress 70' Yellow card | Jones 72'

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1 November 2013, 10:56pm

Bath Rugby see off Warriors challenge

Bath Rugby won their third Friday night match of the season 6-21 against Worcester Warriors at Sixways.

Like the previous two Friday outings against Newcastle Falcons and Gloucester Rugby it was played out under a heavy downpour, ensuring a demanding workload for the forwards.

The first points on the board came from George Ford on three minutes, Worcester having coughed up a penalty at the breakdown. 0-3.
Two minutes later, Ford doubled his tally after another ruck infringement from the home side. Thereafter his boot was a huge influence on Bath's game going forward, forcing Worcester back into their own territory with near-pinpoint accuracy.

On 16 minutes, it was 0-9 after another Ford penalty. The fly-half was steering his side from deep in the pocket because of the extremely wet conditions, but he did so effectively, and always with willing chasers.

Despite the back-and-forth kicking game, Bath were slowly but surely making headway towards the Worcester line, with Anthony Watson in particular effective under the high ball and in attack. When Ford delivered another accurate grubber kick to touch on Worcester's 5m line, the pressure seemed to tell on the homeside, whose wayward throw was snaffled by Matt Garvey. Dummy runner Rob Webber drew in the rushing Worcester defenders, allowing Anthony Perenise the power to dive over and touchdown. Ford's conversion came on the half-hour mark, and took the score to 0-16.

Worcester fly-half Paul Warwick drew it back slightly for his side with three points just before half-time, but momentum was with the visitors as the referee blew his whistle to end the first-half.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 3 - 16 Bath Rugby

Warwick bookended the half-time break with penalties, his second coming two minutes following the restart after the referee pinged Bath at the ruck. 6-21.

Following this, it was just under 20 minutes until the scoreboard changed again – admittedly a period in which Bath repeatedly and effectively denied the enthusiastic Warriors attack time and again with strong defence.

Near the hour mark, Worcester spilled the ball on half-way and Horacio Agulla, new to the field, pounced on the opportunity, racing away to score unopposed. Ford's tricky conversion drifted wide, but Bath were now firmly in the lead. 6-21.

It was a lead Bath held until the final whistle, the overall power of their forwards, coupled with the savvy abilities of the backline safely guiding them out of any dangerous situations and through to close out the game.

Final score: Worcester Warriors 6 – Bath Rugby 21

Match details

Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 3-16

Worcester

Pens: Warwick (37,41)

Bath

Tries: Perenise (28), Agulla (58)
Cons: Ford (29)
Pens: Ford (3,6,15)

Man of the match award

Francois Louw

Worcester score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Paul Warwick 0 0 2 0 6

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
George Ford 0 1 3 0 11
Anthony Perenise 1 0 0 0 5
Horacio Agulla 1 0 0 0 5

Other results

DateTeamScoreTeam
01/11/13 Sale 16 - 18 Exeter
Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Worcester

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Bath

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Chris Pennell15Anthony Watson FB
W Dean Hammond14Semesa Rokoduguni W
C Alex Grove13Jonathan Joseph C
C Josh Matavesi12Kyle Eastmond C
W David Lemi11Matthew Banahan W
2 FH Paul Warwick10George Ford FH 1 3
SH Jonny Arr9Peter Stringer SH
P Ofa Fainga'anuku1Paul James P
H Agustin Creevy2Robert Webber H
P Euan Murray3Anthony Perenise P 1
L Chris Jones4Stuart Hooper L
L Mariano Galarza5Will Spencer L
FL Leonardo Senatore6Matthew Garvey FL
FL Jake Abbott7Francois Louw FL
8 Jonathan Thomas8Carl Fearns 8

Replacements

rh Chris Brooker16Ross Batty rh
rp George Porter17Nathan Catt rp
rp John Andress18Juan Pablo Orlandi rp
r8 Mike Williams19Dominic Day r8
rfl Sam Betty20Alafoti Faosiliva rfl
rsh Jeremy Sua21Martin Roberts rsh
rfh Ignacio Mieres22Tom Heathcote rfh
rc Ravai Fatiaki23Horacio Agulla rc 1