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Late drama as Worcester snatch 98th minute winner at Sixways

Worcester Warriors 21 v Bath Rugby 19

There was late drama at Sixways, as Worcester Warriors scored in the 98th minute to secure a 21-19 victory against Bath Rugby. 

It was a cagey start to the game, with Worcester dominating the early exchanges. However, it was Bath who got the first points of the game when Worcester were penalised for offside just outside their 22. Freddie Burns pointed to the uprights and gave his side an early three-point lead inside 10 minutes. [0-3]

The visitors increased their lead with six minutes later. Bath were awarded a penalty mid-way inside the Worcester half after Sam Lewis was penalised at the scrum. Burns made no mistake from the tee and in doing so doubled his side's lead. [0-6]

After Michael Fatialofa was shown a yellow card on the 19th minute mark for a shoulder charge on Tom Ellis, Bath kept the scoreboard ticking over. After putting pressure in the 22, Worcester conceded another penalty for going off their feet at the breakdown. Burns added another successful penalty kick, to give the Blue, Black and White a nine-point lead going into the second quarter. [0-9]

Worcester responded with a penalty of their own six minutes later, as Duncan Weir reduced arrears with his first kick at goal of the afternoon. [3-9] 

Bath looked to have scored the first try of the game eight minutes from the interval with superb breakaway move. Jamie Roberts sent a looping pass to James Wilson who made a good break before finding Cooper Vuna outside him. The winger in turn charged into the 22 before sending the ball back inside to Wilson who looked like he'd gone over the whitewash. However, after consultation with the TMO, the referee disallowed the try with Ted Hill providing the crucial intervention. 

It wasn't long before Bath did get their reward, as they continued to pile on the pressure at the resulting scrum. A couple phases later, Zach Mercer bundled his way over from close range to score. Burns continued his 100% record, extending the visitors lead to 13 points with six minutes left to play in the half. [3-16]

Three minutes later Bath were awarded another penalty and Burns duly added the routine conversion from in front of the sticks. 

Half-time – Worcester Warriors 3-19 Bath Rugby 

The first points of the second half came after 48 minutes and they went Worcester’s way. After Bath for a high tackle, Weir doubled his tally for the afternoon with another successful penalty attempt. [6-19]

Worcester stepped up the gears in the second half and the momentum began to shift the way of the home side. With 58 minutes played, Francois Venter made a devastating break on the left flank, drawing the last man before offloading to Heem on his left shoulder. The Worcester winger ran in to reduce the gap to eight points going into the final quarter. [11-19] 

With just over 15 minutes to play, Bath were reduced to 14 men when Ian Tempest showed Ross Batty a red card for a neck roll at the breakdown. 

With the man advantage, Worcester continued to ramp up the pressure with the prolific Weir adding another penalty to put his side within touching distance on the scoreboard. [14-19] 

With three minutes to play of normal time, Worcester went for the corner, as they sought out the crucial score. A series of scrums followed before replacement Max Lahiff was sent to the sin-bin. With the numerical advantage, Worcester continued to test the resolve of the Bath scrum and another yellow card followed. This time, it was Lucas Noguera, who was shown his marching orders. Jacques van Rooyen and Henry Thomas returned to the field to take the front row up to its full complement. 

After holding up a 94th minute scrum, it appeared that Aled Brew may have made the telling tackle to bring the game to a halt. However, the flurry of cards continued as Tempest pulled the yellow card from his pocket for offside to leave Bath with 11 going into another scrum. 

With 98 minutes on the clock, Worcester used the numbers out wide from the scrum, and Heem ran in to score his second of the game. Weir successfully converted to give the Warriors the most dramatic of victories. [21-19]

Full-time – Worcester Warriors 21-19 Bath Rugby 

Match details

Sixways
Gallagher Premiership
5 January 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 8,724
Referee: Ian Tempest
Half Time score: 3-19

Worcester:
Tries: Heem (57, 97)
Conversions: Weir (98)
Penalties: Weir (27, 47, 66)
Bath:
Tries: Mercer (32)
Conversions: Burns (33)
Penalties: Burns (8, 16, 20, 37)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Worcester and Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 0 - 3 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

17'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 0 - 6 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

20'

Yellow Card!

Worcester lose Michael Fatialofa for ten minutes.

21'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 0 - 9 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

25'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

28'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 3 - 9 Bath

Duncan Weir kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

33'

Try for Bath! Worcester 3 - 14 Bath

Zach Mercer scores for Bath.

34'

Conversion! Worcester 3 - 16 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 3 - 19 Bath

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Worcester 3 - 19 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Gareth Milasinovich replaces Nic Schonert for Worcester.

48'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 6 - 19 Bath

Duncan Weir kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

54'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Cooper Vuna for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Ethan Waller replaces Callum Black for Worcester.

54'

Substitution

Marco Mama replaces Ted Hill for Worcester.

57'

Substitution

Jonny Arr replaces Francois Hougaard for Worcester.

57'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Francois Hougaard for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Lucas Noguera Paz replaces Jacques Van Rooyen for Bath.

58'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 11 - 19 Bath

Bryce Heem scores for Worcester.

60'

Substitution

Pierce Phillips replaces Anton Bresler for Worcester.

64'

Red Card!

Ross Batty sent off for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Ryan Mills replaces Perry Humphreys for Worcester.

65'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

67'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 14 - 19 Bath

Duncan Weir kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

69'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Darren Barry replaces Michael Fatialofa for Worcester.

84'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Max Lahiff for ten minutes.

85'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces James Wilson for Bath.

88'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Lucas Noguera Paz for ten minutes.

89'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

94'

Substitution

Callum Black replaces Gareth Milasinovich for Worcester.

94'

Substitution

Joe Taufete'e replaces Jack Singleton for Worcester.

95'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Aled Brew for ten minutes.

98'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 19 - 19 Bath

Bryce Heem scores for Worcester.

99'

Conversion! Worcester 21 - 19 Bath

Duncan Weir with a conversion for Worcester.

99'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Worcester.

Final score: Worcester 21 - 19 Bath.

Worcester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Duncan Weir013011
Bryce Heem200010
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns014014
Zach Mercer10005
Worcester v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PCallum
Black
1Jacques
Van Rooyen
P    
    HJack
Singleton
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PNic
Schonert
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LAnton
Bresler
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LMichael
Fatialofa
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLTed
Hill
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLSam
Lewis
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Gerrit-Jan
van Velze
8Zach
Mercer
81   
    SHFrancois
Hougaard
9Will
Chudley
SH    
3 1 FHDuncan
Weir
10Freddie
Burns
FH 1 4
    WPerry
Humphreys
11Cooper
Vuna
W    
    CBen
Te'o
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CFrancois
Venter
13Max
Wright
C    
   2WBryce
Heem
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBChris
Pennell
15James
Wilson
FB    
Replacements
    RHJoe
Taufete'e
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPEthan
Waller
17Lucas
Noguera Paz
RP    
    RPGareth
Milasinovich
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLPierce
Phillips
19Elliott
Stooke
RSH    
    RLDarren
Barry
20Josh
Bayliss
RFL    
    RFLMarco
Mama
21Max
Green
R    
    RSHJonny
Arr
22Rhys
Priestland
RFH    
    RWRyan
Mills
23Aled
Brew
RW