Bath Rugby edged out at Sixways

Worcester Warriors 25 v Bath Rugby 19

A tight Aviva Premiership encounter saw Bath Rugby come away with a losing bonus point after Worcester Warriors edged a 25-19 win.

Worcester took an early grip on the game, dominating the opening stages and restricting Bath to defending in their own half. The scrum gave visitors the upper-hand though, the forwards exerting control at the set-piece and allowing Bath to clear their lines.

The advantage at scrum-time allowed Bath to build pressure, and on the 20 minute mark George Ford broke the deadlock with a penalty. 0-3.

Ryan Mills drew the home side level on 33 minutes, before Bath finally broke through the defence. Quick ball worked its way to Jonathan Joseph, who sent a miss-pass wide to Matt Banahan. The winger went inside Worcester fullback Chris Penell, cut back towards the left corner and powered his way through the last-man defence to score. Ford added the conversion, giving Bath the lead, 3-10.

Mills reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time with a huge penalty from 58 metres, and the score just before the whistle swung the momentum back towards the home side.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 6 – Bath Rugby 10.

Ford added a further three points to extend the lead, but Worcester clawed themselves back into the game once again as Josh Adams went over in the corner following a break from Ben Te’o. 11-13.

The home side then went ahead into a lead they never relinquished, with replacement Wynard Olivier bursting through a gap in midfield to touch down over the line. Mills added the extra two. 18-13.

A scrum penalty allowed Ford to pull back to within two points, but Worcester quickly rallied. 18-16.

They put Bath under pressure on the line, and whilst the defence worked hard, a quick tap and go penalty saw Will Spencer crash over from short range. Mills was again on target for the conversion. 25-16.

Ford added a penalty going into the final stages of the game to secure the losing bonus point, but the visitors were unable to steal a win in the dying minutes.

Final score: Worcester Warriors 25 – Bath Rugby 19.

Match details

Sixways
Gallagher Premiership
15 April 2017
KO 15:00

Referee: Luke Pearce
Half Time score: 6-10

Worcester:
Tries: Adams (50), Olivier (58), Spencer (73)
Conversions: Mills (59, 75)
Penalties: Mills (34, 40)
Bath:
Tries: Banahan (36)
Conversions: Ford (38)
Penalties: Ford (22, 44, 66, 76)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Worcester and Bath.

23'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 0 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

35'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 3 - 3 Bath

Ryan Mills kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

37'

Try for Bath! Worcester 3 - 8 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

39'

Conversion! Worcester 3 - 10 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

41'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 6 - 10 Bath

Ryan Mills kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Worcester 6 - 10 Bath.

44'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

45'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 6 - 13 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Gareth Milasinovich replaces Biyi Alo for Worcester.

50'

Substitution

Nathan Charles replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

51'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 11 - 13 Bath

Josh Adams scores for Worcester.

55'

Substitution

Wynand Olivier replaces Jackson Willison for Worcester.

59'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 16 - 13 Bath

Wynand Olivier scores for Worcester.

60'

Conversion! Worcester 18 - 13 Bath

Ryan Mills with a conversion for Worcester.

62'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Shaun Knight replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Jack Singleton replaces Joe Taufete'e for Worcester.

67'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 18 - 16 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Alafoti Faosiliva replaces Donncha O'Callaghan for Worcester.

68'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

72'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Dewald Potgieter replaces Marco Mama for Worcester.

74'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 23 - 16 Bath

Will Spencer scores for Worcester.

76'

Conversion! Worcester 25 - 16 Bath

Ryan Mills with a conversion for Worcester.

76'

Substitution

Ryan Grant replaces Ryan Bower for Worcester.

77'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 25 - 19 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.