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Match Report: Bath Rugby 22-19 Worcester Warriors

Bath Rugby 22 v Worcester Warriors 19

MATCH SUMMARY - BATH RUGBY 22-19 WORCESTER WARRIORS

Orlando Bailey slotted a late penalty to earn Bath Rugby their first victory of the season against Worcester Warriors. 

It wasn’t the prettiest of contests by any stretch but tries from Semesa Rokoduguni and Max Ojomoh aided the Blue, Black and White’s cause with Bailey converting both.

Despite an early Rory Sutherland red card, 19 first-half points courtesy of Jamie Shillcock, Joe Batley, Gareth Simpson and Fin Smith saw Warriors lead at half-time, but it was the resilience of the home side, roared on by the Rec crowd, which saw the result turn on its head with Tom de Glanville scoring the crucial try ahead of Bailey’s strike.


Team News

Tom Doughty made his maiden Premiership start for Bath Rugby while Josh Bayliss and Ewan Richards lined up in the back row. 

Worcester named three former Bath players in their 23 – Christian Judge earned a start while Matt Garvey and Will Chudley were on the bench. 

Bath Rugby: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ollie Fox; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Doughty, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Josh McNally, 5 Charlie Ewels ©, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Ewan Richards, 8 Josh Bayliss 

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 D’Arcy Rae, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Max Clark, 23 Ruaridh McConnochie

Worcester Warriors: 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Francois Venter (CC), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson; 1 Rory Sutherland, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Christian Judge, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (CC), 8 Matt Kvesic.  

Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Jay Tyack, 19 Matt Garvey, 20 Tom Dodd, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Oli Morris, 23 Harri Doel


First half

Will Muir was replaced by Tom Prydie just minutes before kick-off and disruption continued for Bath as Will Stuart was forced off with a head injury inside a minute. 

Scotland prop Sutherland was red carded for the incident with his English counterpart and the hosts made kind of their man advantage with third-minute score. 

On his first Premiership start, Doughty rumbled on from the back of a maul and his soft hands released Ollie Fox who in turn sent Jonathan Joseph on his way. The ball was quickly recycled to the right and stepping in from his wing, Rokoduguni finished smartly with Bailey converting with aplomb.

Worcester were quick to respond as they sucked the Bath defence in to allow Shillcock a diagonal sprint to the corner.

The score didn’t affect Bath’s intent as de Glanville and Prydie went on several bursts forward while Josh McNally and Lewis Boyce tested the Warriors’ reserve with bulldozing carries close to the line. 

The pressure soon resulted in a second try for Stuart Hooper’s side. Joseph’s fantastic dink in behind was superbly gathered by centre partner Ojomoh on the stretch and after the TMO’s input, which built the anticipation amongst the crowd, referee Craig Maxwell-Keys changed his on-field decision to award the touchdown.

Bath’s forwards were causing a lot of issues in the maul allowing the backs time and space to move with grace, but it was Warriors with the next points as a looping Simpson pass sent Batley in. 

Discipline thereafter was an evident concern as a succession of penalties allowed Worcester in again before half-time. Scrum-half Simpson crossing after strong work from Francois Venter.

Second half

Bayliss was sent to the sin bin early in the second period as Bath illegally held out Worcester’s maul close their line, however they worked relentlessly to thwart their opposite pack in the next phase. 

It was a tug of war without any score as both teams attempted grasp full control and it was Bath who struck next. 

Starting the move, de Glanville combined with Rokoduguni as the Blue, Black and Whites gained 40 metres. Patience was key for the next opportunity and the latter’s deft offload allowed the former to level the scoreboard with just over 20 minutes to go. 

Rokoduguni’s fine performance saw him make in-roads once more, joined by Academy forward Richards who was impressing from the flank.

Whilst the young guns in Fox, Ojomoh, Richards, Bailey et al. all delivered displays to be proud of, it was the blend with the experienced players which presented the opportunity to clinch the result. Ruaridh McConnochie darted onwards from full-back, earning a penalty attempt from distance and Bailey kept his cool to edge Bath ahead.

With the game ticking towards its close, there were several defensive efforts that meant the four points were secured. McConnochie stopped a Worcester penalty going out on the five; Max Clark produced an incredible tap tackle and Joseph hammered Smith in the midfield to push the Warriors back. 

The final play saw a huge effort from the pack to win a penalty. It was far from the complete performance but it was a united front – players, staff and supporters.


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Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
9 January 2022
KO 15:00

Attendance: 12,485
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Half Time score: 14-19

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (7), Ojomoh (21), de Glanville (55)
Conversions: Bailey (8, 24)
Penalties: Bailey (69)
Worcester:
Tries: Shillcock (11), Batley (32), Simpson (37)
Conversions: Smith (33, 38)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Worcester.

1'

Red Card!

Rory Sutherland sent off for Worcester.

3'

Substitution

D'Arcy Rae replaces Will Stuart for Bath.

8'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Worcester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

9'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Worcester

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

12'

Try for Worcester! Bath 7 - 5 Worcester

James Shillcock scores for Worcester.

14'

Substitution

Ethan Waller replaces Perry Humphreys for Worcester.

22'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 5 Worcester

Max Ojomoh scores for Bath.

25'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 5 Worcester

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

33'

Try for Worcester! Bath 14 - 10 Worcester

Joe Batley scores for Worcester.

34'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 12 Worcester

Fin Smith with a conversion for Worcester.

38'

Try for Worcester! Bath 14 - 17 Worcester

Gareth Simpson scores for Worcester.

39'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 19 Worcester

Fin Smith with a conversion for Worcester.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 14 - 19 Worcester.

41'

Substitution

Juan Schoeman replaces Lewis Boyce for Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Josh Bayliss for ten minutes.

46'

Substitution

Will Spencer replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Joe Simpson replaces Ollie Fox for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Andrew Kitchener for Worcester.

51'

Substitution

Jacques du Toit replaces Tom Doughty for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Ruaridh McConnochie replaces Tom Doughty for Bath.

56'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 19 Worcester

Tom de Glanville scores for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Scott Baldwin replaces Niall Annett for Worcester.

58'

Substitution

Jay Tyack replaces Niall Annett for Worcester.

58'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Tom de Glanville for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Oli Morris replaces Ashley Beck for Worcester.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 22 - 19 Worcester

Orlando Bailey kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Thomas Dodd replaces Kyle Hatherell for Worcester.

84'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 22 - 19 Worcester.