In Focus: Worcester Warriors (H)

8 September 2020

Bath Rugby face Worcester Warriors at the Rec in Round 19 of the Gallagher Premiership on Wednesday (kick-off 19:45, live on BT Sport 1). We take a closer look at the Warriors...


MATCH DETAILS

Date: Wednesday 9 September

Kick-off: 19:45

Competition: Gallagher Premiership

Where: The Rec

Referee: Andrew Jackson

Assistants: Adam Leal & Phil Watters

TMO: David Rose

Citing Officer: David Guyan 

Media coverage: BBC Radio Bristol, BT Sport 1


CURRENT FORM

Bristol (H) – 36-13 (L)

Exeter (A) – 59-7 (L)

Harlequins (H) – 29-14 (W)


LAST TIME OUT

Bath survived a late scare to secure a slender 22-21 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium, as Duncan Weir missed a conversion to win it for the hosts.

The visitors took the upper hand within two minutes in this one, as Zach Mercer was the beneficiary of a fumbled kick off by the hosts, as the returning flanker bundled over from close range.

Weir and Rhys Priestland exchanged penalties to make it 10-3 after just ten minutes, with Weir missing another kick at goal in the meantime.

The action-packed start to the game continued as Cornell Du Preez crossed to level the scores, with the South African capitalising on some quick thinking from Francois Hougaard to spot a gap in the Bath defence.

Weir added what proved to be the last points of the first half 22 minutes in with another penalty, as the Warriors went in 13-10 to the good at the interval.

The lead swapped hands again just five minutes into the second period, as skipper Francois Louw went over, before Josh McNally added another to extend Bath’s lead to nine points at the hour mark.

Weir then kicked a three-pointer from halfway to reduce the arrears, before falling foul of the treacherous conditions and missing another kick with fifteen minutes to play.

Debutant Nick David then went over for another Warriors try, but Weir’s day with the boot got no better as he missed the tough conversion from the wing.

Chris Pennell tried his luck with an audacious kick attempt from his own half in the dying seconds, but it wasn’t to be as Bath claimed victory to see them rise into the top four.


WORD FROM WORCESTER WARRIORS CAMP

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons: "They are a very well-balanced team with some big men up front. It’s never easy at The Rec." 


Bath Rugby side to face Worcester Warriors

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Max Clark, 12. Cameron Redpath, 11. Gabriel Hamer-Webb, 10. Josh Matavesi, 9. Will Chudley; 1. Lewis Boyce, 2. Jack Walker, 3. Christian Judge, 4. Josh McNally (C), 5. Elliott Stooke, 6. Tom Ellis, 7. Miles Reid, 8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Ross Batty, 17. Juan Schoeman, 18. Kieran Verden, 19. Mike Williams, 20. Sam Underhill, 21. Max Green, 22. Orlando Bailey, 23. Jonathan Joseph


Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell, 14 Ed Fidow, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Will Butler (C), 11 Nick David, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Jono Kitto, 1 Callum Black, 2 Beck Cutting, 3 Richard Palframan, 4 Justin Clegg, 5 James Scott, 6 Matt Cox, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Tom Dodd.

Replacements

16 Isaac Miller, 17 Kai Owen, 18 Joe Morris, 19 Ted Hill, 20 Matti Williams, 21 Gareth Simpson, 22 Scott van Breda, 23 Alex Hearle.


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