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Bonus point win puts Bath Rugby top of the table

Bath Rugby 37 v Worcester Warriors 22

Bath Rugby finished this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership action top of the table after a bonus point 37-22 win over Worcester Warriors.

In a game that saw the return of Leroy Houston to the Recreation Ground, it was fitting that the Australian Number Eight both scored the bonus point try and was named the Champagne Pol Roger Man of the Match, much to the delight of the Bath supporters.

The opening passages of play were not quite so pleasant for the home crowd however, with Worcester applying early pressure and opening the scoring on 18 minutes with a try from Niall Arnett, converted by Tom Heathcote.

George Ford ensured the scoreboard started ticking for Bath with a penalty just under ten minutes later, but Warriors kept coming, and they were enjoying the lion’s share of both possession and territory in the opening half. Winger Dean Hammond burst his way through the covering tackles on the left to score the visitors’ second try of the afternoon just after the half-hour mark, with Heathcote converting and then adding a further three points to extend the lead to 3-17.

A penalty from Ford on the stroke of half-time clawed back another three points, but the half had belonged to the visitors.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 6 – Worcester Warriors 17

Luckily for Bath, rugby is a game of two halves, and the second forty minutes saw the home side go through the gears and become the free-flowing, try scoring side that had put over 50 points on Newcastle Falcons the week before.

First to cross the whitewash was Anthony Watson, who was on the shoulder of Houston as the forward broke through the defence. The back rower offloaded to Watson, and the England winger sailed over the line between the posts. Ford converted. 13-17.

The set piece was a great battle throughout the game, but Bath very much had the ascendancy in the later stages. A well-worked lineout and drive saw the ball secured and spread wide to Ford, who chipped up and over from five metres out. A group of players were keeping a very watchful eye on the ball as it started to descend, but Bath had the advantage as 6’ 7” Matt Banahan was able to jump highest, gather the ball and ground it for the second try. Ford was again on target for the conversion, and took Bath into the lead for the first time that afternoon, 20-17.

The Jersey giant, deployed at outside centre, played a key role in the next score as he bulldozed his way through the midfield, finding Semesa Rokoduguni in support for the winger to score. Ford had added three points moments before with another penalty, and his was accurate again for the conversion.

Worcester weren’t finished though, scoring a third try with 15 minutes to go through Perry Humphreys, after the cleverly stretched the defence from one side of the pitch to the other.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon almost certainly came when Houston, a true supporters’ favourite at the Rec, found himself in plenty of space to score the fourth try after a quick penalty had pushed the Worcester defence. Ford added the two points to seal the win.

Final score: Bath Rugby 37 – Worcester Warriors 22

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
17 September 2016
KO 15:00

Attendance: 13, 148
Referee: Craig Maxwell-keys
Half Time score: 6-17

Bath:
Tries: Watson (46), Banahan (53), Rokoduguni (61), Houston (69)
Conversions: Ford (47, 53, 62, 71)
Penalties: Ford (26, 40, 59)
Worcester:
Tries: Annett (16), Hammond (30), Humphreys (64)
Conversions: Heathcote (18, 32)
Penalties: Heathcote (37)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Worcester.

7'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces David Sisi for Bath.

17'

Try for Worcester! Bath 0 - 5 Worcester

Niall Annett scores for Worcester.

19'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Worcester

Tom Heathcote with a conversion for Worcester.

23'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

23'

Substitution

Tevita Cavubati replaces Marco Mama for Worcester.

27'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 7 Worcester

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Try for Worcester! Bath 3 - 12 Worcester

Dean Hammond scores for Worcester.

32'

Substitution

Josh Adams replaces Dean Hammond for Worcester.

33'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 14 Worcester

Tom Heathcote with a conversion for Worcester.

34'

Substitution

Jaba Bregvadze replaces Niall Annett for Worcester.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 17 Worcester

Tom Heathcote kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

40'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 17 Worcester

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 17 Worcester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Niall Annett replaces Jaba Bregvadze for Worcester.

47'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 17 Worcester

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

48'

Conversion! Bath 13 - 17 Worcester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 17 Worcester

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

54'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 17 Worcester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Jaba Bregvadze replaces Niall Annett for Worcester.

54'

Substitution

Mike Daniels replaces James Johnston for Worcester.

57'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Naama Leleimalefaga replaces Val Rapava Ruskin for Worcester.

60'

Penalty Goal! Bath 23 - 17 Worcester

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

62'

Try for Bath! Bath 28 - 17 Worcester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

63'

Conversion! Bath 30 - 17 Worcester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

65'

Try for Worcester! Bath 30 - 22 Worcester

Perry Humphreys scores for Worcester.

68'

Substitution

Luke Baldwin replaces Jonny Arr for Worcester.

69'

Substitution

Christian Scotland-Williamson replaces Darren Barry for Worcester.

70'

Try for Bath! Bath 35 - 22 Worcester

Leroy Houston scores for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

72'

Conversion! Bath 37 - 22 Worcester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 37 - 22 Worcester.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford043017
Leroy Houston10005
Anthony Watson10005
Matt Banahan10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Worcester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Heathcote02107
Niall Annett10005
Perry Humphreys10005
Dean Hammond10005
Bath v Worcester
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNick
Auterac
1Val Rapava
Ruskin
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Niall
Annett
H1   
    PHenry
Thomas
3James
Johnston
P    
    LLuke
Charteris
4Donncha
O'Callaghan
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Darren
Barry
L    
    FLCharlie
Ewels
6Marco
Mama
FL    
    FLDavid
Sisi
7Carl
Kirwan
FL    
   18Leroy
Houston
8Phil
Dowson
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Jonny
Arr
SH    
3 4 FHGeorge
Ford
10Tom
Heathcote
FH 2 1
   1WAnthony
Watson
11Perry
Humphreys
W1   
    CDan
Bowden
12Jackson
Willison
C    
   1CMatt
Banahan
13Wynand
Olivier
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Dean
Hammond
W1   
    FBTom
Homer
15Jamie
Shillcock
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Jaba
Bregvadze
RH    
    RPNathan
Catt
17Naama
Leleimalefaga
RP    
    RPKane
Palma-Newport
18Mike
Daniels
RP    
    RLElliott
Stooke
19Christian
Scotland-Williamson
RL    
    RFLZach
Mercer
20Tevita
Cavubati
RFL    
    RSHWill
Homer
21Luke
Baldwin
RSH    
    RWAled
Brew
22Tiff
Eden
R    
    RWJeff
Williams
23Josh
Adams
RW