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Brew scores twice as Bath Rugby secure bonus-point win against Worcester Warriors

Bath Rugby 29 v Worcester Warriors 13

Aled Brew notched a double as Bath Rugby secured a bonus-point 29-13 victory over Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground.

The home side got off to a flying start with their first try of the afternoon coming after just nine minutes. After Jonathan Joseph’s kick was charged down in his own half, his midfield partner Ben Tapuai pounced on the loose ball and made a break through the Warriors’ defence. The Australian drew his man before offloading back to Joseph, who fended off the attentions of a couple of defenders to score impressively in the corner. Freddie Burns, who was making his first start since his return to the West Country, added the extras from the touchline. 7-0

The visitors hit back five minutes later through the boot of Jamie Shillcock to take his side within four points on the scoreboard. A minute later, Tapuai was back causing havoc in attack, showing his quick feet to blast through the gap into the Warriors’ 22. However, in the resulting play, Warriors hacked a loose ball up field and it turned into a foot race between Anthony Watson and Jonny Arr. With the ball bouncing just short of the Bath try line, Watson raced past Arr to prevent an obvious try-scoring opportunity. 7-3

Warriors continued to test the resolve of the Bath defence and their efforts were finally rewarded mid-way through the first-half. Jackson Willison combined with Shillcock and the fly-half found the surging Dean Hammond, who finished off a well-worked move. 7-8

With the Warriors having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, Bath reclaimed control of the game in the last 15 minutes of the half. The Blue, Black and White spent six minutes in the Warriors’ 22 and their persistence was rewarded with Brew diving over in the corner for his first try of the afternoon. 12-8

With the clocking heading into the red, Bath ensured they would go into the break with an 11-point advantage, with Tapuai scoring a deserved try. Zach Mercer picked up where he left off in his Man of the Match performance against Wasps last weekend, and left the Warriors’ defence for dust with a powerful run from half-way. The back rower set Tapuai charging through on the 22 and the centre ensured the half finished with a flourish. Burns added the conversion.

Half-time score: Bath Rugby 19-8 Worcester Warriors     

Worcester hit back six minutes into the second-half through Shillcock. After good initial work from the attacking line-out, the fly-half dived over from close range, to reduce Bath’s lead to six points. 19-13

With both teams fighting for the crucial next score, it was Bath who took advantage, with a second score of the afternoon for Brew. After stealing the Warriors’ line-out, Bath ground out the hard yards, pressing for a third try. A moment of quick-thinking from Burns saw the fly-half send a long looping pass out to Brew and the Welsh winger had the simple task of touching down in the corner. 26-13

With 17 minutes left on the clock, Bath were reduced to 14 men when Burns was sent off for a tip tackle on Josh Adams. Despite being a man down, the home side continued to control the game and assert their authority in attack and defence, stamping out any comeback from the Warriors.

With four minutes to play, Josh Lewis added his first points in a Bath Rugby shirt, with a composed penalty from Warriors’ 10m line. Warriors made one last attempt to score, but Bath’s excellent defence held strong to claim the bonus-point victory.

Final score: Bath Rugby 29-13 Worcester Warriors

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
7 October 2017
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Luke Pearce
Half Time score: 19-8

Bath:
Tries: Joseph (9), Brew (29, 58), Tapuai (39)
Conversions: Burns (9, 40, 60)
Penalties: Lewis (75)
Worcester:
Tries: Hammond (21), Shillcock (45)
Penalties: Shillcock (12)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Worcester.

10'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Worcester

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

10'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Worcester

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Worcester

Jamie Shillcock kicks a penalty goal for Worcester.

22'

Try for Worcester! Bath 7 - 8 Worcester

Dean Hammond scores for Worcester.

26'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

30'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 8 Worcester

Aled Brew scores for Bath.

40'

Try for Bath! Bath 17 - 8 Worcester

Ben Tapuai scores for Bath.

41'

Conversion! Bath 19 - 8 Worcester

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 19 - 8 Worcester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Substitution

Joe Taufete'e replaces Jack Singleton for Worcester.

44'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

44'

Substitution

Ethan Waller replaces Ryan Bower for Worcester.

44'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

46'

Try for Worcester! Bath 19 - 13 Worcester

Jamie Shillcock scores for Worcester.

48'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Gareth Milasinovich replaces Biyi Alo for Worcester.

50'

Substitution

Christian Scotland-Williamson replaces Donncha O'Callaghan for Worcester.

50'

Substitution

Wynand Olivier replaces Dean Hammond for Worcester.

58'

Substitution

Jono Lance replaces Chris Pennell for Worcester.

59'

Try for Bath! Bath 24 - 13 Worcester

Aled Brew scores for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Alafoti Fa'osiliva replaces David Denton for Worcester.

61'

Conversion! Bath 26 - 13 Worcester

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

61'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

63'

Red Card!

Freddie Burns sent off for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Josh Lewis replaces Ben Tapuai for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Jonny Arr for Worcester.

76'

Penalty Goal! Bath 29 - 13 Worcester

Josh Lewis kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 29 - 13 Worcester.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Aled Brew200010
Freddie Burns03006
Ben Tapuai10005
Jonathan Joseph10005
Josh Lewis00103
Worcester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Jamie Shillcock10108
Dean Hammond10005
Bath v Worcester
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Ryan
Bower
P    
    HJack
Walker
2Jack
Singleton
H    
    PAnthony
Perenise
3Biyi
Alo
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Donncha
O'Callaghan
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Will
Spencer
L    
    FLZach
Mercer
6David
Denton
FL    
    FLSam
Underhill
7Sam
Lewis
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Gerrit-Jan
van Velze
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Jonny
Arr
SH    
  3 FHFreddie
Burns
10Jamie
Shillcock
FH1  1
   2WAled
Brew
11Dean
Hammond
W1   
   1CBen
Tapuai
12Ben
Te'o
C    
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Jackson
Willison
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Josh
Adams
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Chris
Pennell
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Joe
Taufete'e
RH    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Ethan
Waller
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Gareth
Milasinovich
RP    
    RLJames
Phillips
19Christian
Scotland-Williamson
RL    
    RLevi
Douglas
20Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
RFL    
    RSHKahn
Fotuali'i
21Peter
Stringer
RSH    
1   RCJosh
Lewis
22Jono
Lance
RFB    
    RCMax
Clark
23Wynand
Olivier
RW