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Worcester Warriors 22, Bath Rugby 26

Bath Rugby raced into a 20-6 lead after 34 minutes after a solid opening to the game. Brendon Daniel's interception try got things off and running whilst Olly Barkley - who had a strong showing on his return from an ankle injury - set up a well-worked try for Mike Tindall with a clever grubber through the defence.

However, Tindall was sin-binned late in the first half and Worcester began to claw their way back into the game. Despite having plenty of chances to put the game beyond reach. the visitors stuttered a little.

"It should have been a lot more comfortable for us," explained Connolly. "I thought that we played some excellent rugby in the first twenty minutes and we also had plenty of chances to score throughout the game. At 20-6 up we had an opportunity to put the game beyond reach, but we simply did not convert those chances and allowed them to come back."

Newly-promoted Worcester looked comfortable at Zurich Premiership level, and Connolly also paid tribute to what was a gutsy performance from the Warriors. "We certainly did not under - estimate Worcester at all. They are a very competitive side and will do well this year. Their line out was exceptional and they played with a lot of confidence and exposure. We never thought that we would win this one easily."

The match was Olly Barkley's first start of the season and Connolly was happy to single out his fly half for praise after the game. "I thought that Olly played very well. He had a good solid performance and contributed 16 points."

With a first win now behind Bath Rugby, Connolly says that there is plenty to build upon for the next match against Quins at the Stoop on Saturday. "It was a game that we had to win, it was as simple as that," he said. "The performance was not the most important thing. We are not as clinical as we were this time last season, but it is still a case of early days in the Zurich Premiership. Teams have peaks and troughs and we will be looking to step it up again against Quins."

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