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Bath v Warriors
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- WORCESTER Warriors are at Bath today looking for their first Aviva Premiership away win in over a year.
- The pitch here at The Rec looks in fairly good condition given all the recent rain, so hopefully we should be in for an entertaining match.
@tomguestWN the season for us is over I hope we have enough in the nag to stay up RH has 1 more season to turn us into a top half team— @JohnBlewitt2 09 February 2013
Time for the press conference. Not many positives for Richard Hill to take from that one, I'm afraid.
@tomguestWN not satisfied with a bottom 3 finish this season and that's where I see us ending up.— @lauriefletcher 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN Significant moment? Not scoring a try early in the 2nd half when @RugbyBath were down to 14 men and the score was 13 - 9 #coyw— @Phill_Mason 09 February 2013
@Phill_Mason @tomguestwn @rugbybath wished the other 14 had thrown up before the game #hopedforanabandonment— @AndyC1968 09 February 2013
Well, in the end that was a pretty one-sided game and Bath were good value for the five points.
What now for Worcester from here? The Sixways side need to pick up their game and soon. Three sin-binnings, no cutting edge and general sloppiness all over the park.
To sum things up, Bath shunt Worcester off their own ball and Heathcote chips the ball out to bring the final whistle.
Bath 32-9 Warriors
Bath knock-on, but there can't be long left now. Scrum Worcester.
Bath are cruising now. Well, in truth, they have done for most of the second-half. They win a big scrum penalty and Heathcote finds touch mid-way into Warriors' half.
Lovely try by Bath - their fifth of the afternoon - as Tom Heathcote's deft chip to the corner is hauled in one-handed by Horacio Agulla, who then dives in at the corner.
Heathcote again adds the tough conversion.
Bath 32-9 Warriors
Warriors will finish the game with 13 men as David Lemi is binned for deliberately knocking-on Nick Abendanon's would-be scoring pass to Horacio Agulla.
Oh dear, oh dear...
Hoping for better from the men tomorrow. Ireland ladies smash England here @ashbournerfc. Full time 25-0. @briandick @tomguestWN #6nations— @BigBreakers 09 February 2013
Craig Gillies is sent to the bin for use of the knee at a ruck. The veteran second row seems a bit bemused by it all, but it doesn't help Warriors' cause.
After a lengthy delay while Anthony Perenise was treated, play resumes with a Warriors line-out after a penalty against the hosts.
Bath then transgress at the breakdwon and Carlisle pumps the ball to the corner.
Warriors desperately trying to create something as the game goes into the final 10 minutes, but nothing is going right for them today.
Bath starting to run away with it now as they bring up their bonus point try. Peter Stringer fires the ball wide after a powerful driving line-out and Tom Heathcote finds Kyle Eastmond, who sends Horacio Agulla over in the corner.
Replacement Heathcote proves more reliable with the boot than Donald to slot the conversion.
Bath 25-9 Warriors
Mass changes for Warriors as Matavesi, Shervington, Abbott and Hodgson come on for Claassens, Lutui, Best and Arr.
That passage of play really sums up Warriors. Should have scored, but couldn't take their chance, then Bath go straight down the other end and score a simple try.
Dave Attwood returns to the action after his sin-binning.
Despite being a man down, Bath run in their third try as the ball is fired wide to Tom Biggs, who scoots round Errie Claassens' weak tackle to touch down.
Donald misses the conversion from out wide.
Bath 18-9 Warriors
While I was away, Bath had Dave Attwood sent to the sin bin for persistent offending as Warriors piled on the pressure.
However, despite a series of re-set scrums on the Bath 5-metre line, the hosts managed to hold firm and keep their line in tact.
I'm back - sorry for the absence, but the wifi seemed to pack up for a bit!
It is amazing how Warriors can continually cause themselves so many problems. With Danny Gray slotting a 38th-minute penalty, how on earth did Bath then have the chance to score one penalty and nearly cross for another try with so little time left in the half?
Warriors manage to pinch the ball back and clear their lines to bring the half-time whistle.
Warriors hit for not rolling away now, Donald puts the ball to touch.
As they so often do, Warriors give the points straight back. Errie Claassens fields the re-start and is tackled, but goes again and is penalised for a double-movement.
Donald, this time, makes no mistakle to ironic cheers.
Bath 13-9 Warriors
Danny Gray knocks over the resulting penalty to bring Warriors to within a point.
Bath 10-9 Warriors
Bath thought they'd got a foot on the ball to turn it over, which would have given them a clear run to the line, but Wayne Barnes said they'd gone in at the side.
Line-out to Warriors on the Bath 22 after the hosts are guilty of not rolling away.
Schofield returns to the fray after his 10 minutes in the bin. Bath scored five points to Warriors' three during his absence, so not too much damage done.
Update from Pete Breakwell at England Women's Six Nations game with Ireland...
Ireland ladies dominant here. HT 20-0. Eng need better intensity & less lateral running to get on the scoreboard. @briandick @tomguestWN— @BigBreakers 09 February 2013
Bath seem to be targeting Warriors' shaky line-out by pinning the ball into the corners at every opportunity.
Lovely strike from the fly-half sees the ball sail between the posts.
Bath 10-6 Warriors
Warriors have already lost three of their first five line-outs.
Therefore, skipper James Percival tells Danny Gray to go for the posts after Bath were hit for not releasing.
Warriors' discipline lets the down and proves costly once again.
Within seconds of Schofield trudging off, Bath hooker Rob Webber is driven over for the try.
Stephen Donald again misses the target.
Bath 10-3 Warriors
Dean Schofield sent to the bin as Warriors collapse Bath's driving maul. Bath go to the corner again...
Bath's turn to press now and they have the penalty five metres out as Warriors are hit for off-side. The hosts turn down the simple three points to go to the corner.
Good work over the ball by Matt Kvesic to win a holding-on penalty against Bath skipper Francois Louw.
Danny Gray strokes the penalty over to get Warriors on the board.
Bath 5-3 Warriors
Try disallowed for Warriors! With penalty advantage being played, Jon Clarke sends David Lemi over with a superb off-load, but referee Wayne Barnes said the ball went forward.
Penatly for Warriors as Rob Webber is hit for not rolling away after a good period of possession by Warriors. Gray pumps the ball to touch 15 metres out.
Warriors have handed Bath a try on a plate there. From their own put-in, Warriors are hit for early engagement, Bath scrum again and after a charge from Ben Skirving, the ball is recycled for scrum-half Peter Stringer to burrow over.
Stephen Donald pushes the conversion wide.
Bath 5-0 Warriors
John Andress hit for early engagement, scrum Bath five metres out. Poor, poor from Warriors.
Let-off for Warriors there as Bath knock-on a metre from the try line after David Lemi had been forced to run Tom Biggs' grubber kick into touch in the corner.
Nice little show-and-go from Danny Gray to take play up to half-way. That should settle any nerves.
Stephen Donald gets the game under way for the hosts.
Both sets of players are out, let's hope for a big start from the visiting side.
Worcester could have done without that last-minute disruption, but Gray has looked a safe pair of hands this season.
BREAKING NEWS: Andy Goode drops out of Warriors team to play Bath through illness.— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013
No confirmation yet, but Goode is now heading back towards the dressing room. Pretty sure he isn't going to play.
Goodey is now watching the warm-up from the sidelines with Danny Gray in the 10 slot for the first XV and Joe Carlisle there for the replacements.
Seems as though Goodey might be forced to drop out of this match. Big blow for Warriors, if that's the case.
@tomguestWN few too many Coronas last night for Goody?— @Joelieboy 09 February 2013
Goode still in discussions with the Warriors medical staff on the pitch. He doesn't look too well to me.
Andy Goode was just revisiting his breakfast by the goalposts. Seems he may have some kind of bug. Touch and go if he will still play.— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013
With 20 minutes to go until kick-off, the Warriors players are being out through their paces. http://t.co/ouLyUi7d— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN Warriors by 6! #COYW— @BootneckWarrior 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN warriors by 3, its gonna be a close un #COYWarriors— @Ash_toy 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN Warriors by 5. First leagues away win since Ezra Taylor made his 2 minute debut #coyw— @RugbyWorcs 09 February 2013
With his move to Gloucester having now been confirmed, Matt Kvesic is shunted from his preferred openside position to number eight, while Sam Betty starts at seven.
Wonder how long it will take before Betty and Francois Louw are knocking lumps out of each other. They've had a few run-ins over the last couple of seasons.
I'd love to predict an a Worcester win today, but I've been here so many times and never seen Worcester play well, let alone win.
Added to that Worcester's terrible away record in the league (no win since New Year's Day 2012), I'm going for Bath by 10-plus points.
I would love to be proved wrong by the players as a Worcester win today would be massive and a big step in the right direction.
.... and here's the team-sheet the right way up! http://t.co/ixt6oLqM— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013
So then, let's have your score predictions for today's game.— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN sadly Bath by 10 and hope am seriously wrong #COYW— @padsybear1 09 February 2013
@tomguestWN again hope im wrong but bath by 15— @saghq 09 February 2013
Just under 45 mins to kick-off here at The Rec and here is the official team-sheet: http://t.co/VddH3Kg2— @tomguestWN 09 February 2013