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Bath Rugby hold on for tense win at Sixways

Worcester Warriors 14 v Bath Rugby 16

A tense encounter at Sixways saw Bath Rugby edge their way to a 14-16 victory over Worcester Warriors.

The visitors were first to get some points on the board, fullback Tom Homer stepping up to secure three points after Worcester were penalised at the breakdown following Niko Matawalu’s quickly taken free-kick.

However, after referee JP Doyle reversed a penalty that had originally been awarded in Bath’s favour, the home side took control of the game. Quick lineout ball from the home side saw possession spread wide, eventually falling into the hands of Cooper Vuna, who scored in the corner. Tom Heathcote added the extras, giving Worcester a 7-3 lead after 13 minutes.

13 minutes later and they doubled their lead, Donncha O’Callaghan using his considerable size to power over from short range, again in the corner, and again Heathcote converted.

Homer narrowed the gap three minutes later, sending a penalty straight through the posts after Worcester had strayed offside. 14-6.

Bath were determined to gain a foothold in the game as the first forty minutes drew to an end. Twice the driving maul rumbled towards the Worcester try line, but the home defence stood firm. It forced debutant Adam Hastings to drop back into the pocket and attempt the drop goal, only for his kick to drift narrowly wide on the stroke of half-time.

Half-time score: Worcester Warriors 14 – Bath Rugby 6.

Three minutes after the teams returned to the pitch, Bath were a man down – Max Clark yellow carded for a clumsy challenge on Bryce Heem, but the 14 men didn’t allow Worcester to extend their lead.

With 30 minutes to play, Bath made their way across the try-line, although Doyle felt the need to check with the Television Match Official before awarding the score. Jonathan Evans, on at scrum-half, put up a box-kick that Semesa Rokoduguni and Chris Pennell contested. Rokoduguni came away in possession, and found Evans on his shoulder in support. He offloaded and sent the scrum-half – who had only been on the pitch a matter of moments – over for the all-important try. Homer found his range and secured the touchline conversion to take the visitors to within a point.

The visiting pack were gradually gaining the ascendancy at scrum-time, and another penalty meant Homer took Bath into the lead with ten minutes to go. 14-16.

A frantic finale was in store for the Sixways crowd, as first replacement Ryan Mills and then Heathcote missed a penalty apiece in the closing stages.

A Worcester kick missed touch, but a knock-on from Bath gave the home side a five-metre scrum as the clock went dead. Bath’s pack held strong at the set-piece, and the defence soaked up phase after phase of pressure. Mills twice attempted the drop goal and was twice charged down, before Bath finally pounced on the loose ball and sent it into touch to bring the end of the game, and victory for the visitors.

Final score: Worcester Warriors 14 – Bath Rugby 16.

Match details

Sixways
Aviva Premiership
13 February 2016
KO 15:00

Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 14-6

Worcester:
Tries: Vuna (13), O'Callaghan (24)
Conversions: Heathcote (14, 25)
Bath:
Tries: Evans (50)
Conversions: Homer (51)
Penalties: Homer (6, 29, 67)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Worcester and Bath.

7'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 0 - 3 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

14'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 5 - 3 Bath

Cooper Vuna scores for Worcester.

15'

Conversion! Worcester 7 - 3 Bath

Tom Heathcote with a conversion for Worcester.

15'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

25'

Try for Worcester! Worcester 12 - 3 Bath

Donncha O'Callaghan scores for Worcester.

26'

Conversion! Worcester 14 - 3 Bath

Tom Heathcote with a conversion for Worcester.

30'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 14 - 6 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

34'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Worcester 14 - 6 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

42'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Max Clark for ten minutes.

49'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Jonathan Evans replaces Nikola Matawalu for Bath.

51'

Try for Bath! Worcester 14 - 11 Bath

Jonathan Evans scores for Bath.

52'

Conversion! Worcester 14 - 13 Bath

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Naama Leleimalefaga replaces Val Rapava Ruskin for Worcester.

61'

Substitution

Dewald Potgieter replaces Carl Kirwan for Worcester.

61'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Ryan Mills replaces Andy Symons for Worcester.

63'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

68'

Penalty Goal! Worcester 14 - 16 Bath

Tom Homer kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

68'

Substitution

James Johnston replaces Nic Schonert for Worcester.

68'

Substitution

Charlie Mulchrone replaces Luke Baldwin for Worcester.

70'

Substitution

Jaba Bregvadze replaces Niall Annett for Worcester.

71'

Substitution

Ryan Lamb replaces Chris Pennell for Worcester.

77'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

85'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Worcester 14 - 16 Bath.

Worcester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Donncha O'Callaghan10005
Cooper Vuna10005
Tom Heathcote02004
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer013011
Jonathan Evans10005
Worcester v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PVal Rapava
Ruskin
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HNiall
Annett
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PNic
Schonert
3Henry
Thomas
P    
   1LDonncha
O'Callaghan
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LDarren
Barry
5Tom
Ellis
L    
    FLPhil
Dowson
6Leroy
Houston
FL    
    FLCarl
Kirwan
7Guy
Mercer
FL    
    8Gerrit-Jan
van Velze
8Amanaki
Mafi
8    
    SHLuke
Baldwin
9Nikola
Matawalu
SH    
  2 FHTom
Heathcote
10Adam
Hastings
FH    
   1WCooper
Vuna
11Horacio
Agulla
W    
    CAndy
Symons
12Matt
Banahan
C    
    CWynand
Olivier
13Max
Clark
C    
    WBryce
Heem
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBChris
Pennell
15Tom
Homer
FB 1 3
Replacements
    RHJaba
Bregvadze
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPNaama
Leleimalefaga
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPJames
Johnston
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RDan
Sanderson
19Charlie
Ewels
RL    
    RFLDewald
Potgieter
20Dominic
Day
RL    
    RSHCharlie
Mulchrone
21Matt
Garvey
RFL    
    RFBRyan
Lamb
22Jonathan
Evans
RSH1   
    RCRyan
Mills
23Jeff
Williams
RW