LiveBath v Worcester Warriors

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Stringer chips the ball into touch to bring the full-time whistle. A great effort from Worcester, but they now have to win at Saracens to keep their slim hopes alive.


Chasing a try that would have been worth an extra BP, Rob O'Donnell charges through, but when the ball goes wide, de Carpentier can't get it out to the men alongside him and it dribbles into touch. Time up and Bath have the ball.


A valiant effort from Warriors, but they look set to end empty-handed.


TRY Bath! The hosts set up camp on the Warriors line and, eventually, Stringer sends Banahan over for the bonus-point score.

Ford, back from the sin-bin, adds the conversion.

Bath 32-20 Warriors


Not sure what the turn-around has been, but the Warriors pack win another penalty on Bath's put-in. Line-out on the home 10m line. Five mins to go.


Pennell pulls it wide left of the target. 13 points missed off the tee now. Still time left though!


Big moment! Bath are penalised on their own put-in and Warriors opt to go for the sticks. If Pennell lands this, Worcester will be two points behind with 7 mins to go!


Another penalty for Warriors as Bath are hit for a deliberate knock-on. Warriors' line-out on the 22.


Warriors win a penalty with a rolling maul on their own 22. Lamb fires the ball to touch near the Bath 10-metre line.


TRY Warriors! It's certainly getting interesting now! Lamb switches the ball back to Symons, whose long pass put's Pennell in space and the full-back beats Watson to the line. Pennell misses the extras, but Warriors are within five points.

Bath 25-20 Warriors


Bath attack again and Symons is hit for going off his feet after Betty made a big tackle.

Henson chips the ball over the posts.

Bath 25-15 Warriors


Pennell shapes the ball between the posts nicely.

Bath 22-15 Warriors


Bath penalised for getting ahead of the kicker as Henson cleared his lines. After a chat about corner or sticks, Warriors decide to go for three points.


TRY Warriors! From the line-out, Warriors go cross-field and Symons runs onto Lamb's cute inside-pass and beats Ross Batty's tackle to score by the posts.

Pennell adds the extras. Game on?

Bath 22-12 Warriors


Sam Betty makes the line-break, before Ryan Lamb chips cross-field to Lemi, who is tackled in the air. We're off to the TMO again and referee Matthew Carley decides it's a yellow card for Ford.

Massive opportunity for Warriors now. They MUST capitalise.


Another scrum and another penalty to Bath, who clear into the Warriors half. Very difficult for Worcester to find a foot-hold in this game when they are struggling so much up front.


Warriors still pressing to find a way back into this match, but Symons can't hold on and the ball goes forward.


The fly-half makes no mistake to make it 22-5 to Bath.


The Bath pack are killing their opposite eight at scrum-time. Third penalty to the hosts on Worcester's put-in. This one is 35 metres out, bang in front and Ford should add the three points.


Looks like Murray's troublesome Achilles is giving him a problem, but he is carrying on for now.


Sam Betty returns to the fray and Warriors are back up to 15 men.


Early penalty to Warriors. Chris Pennell has taken over the kicking duties, but the outcome is the same. Eight points have gone begging now.


Ryan Lamb gets the second-half under way. Huge 40 minutes coming up for Warriors.


Warriors have been hanging on to Bath's coat-tails for much of that half, but that late try from Abendanon could really prove to be a killer blow for the visitors.

Worcester's shock early lead from Drauniniu's try has gradually been scrubbed out as Bath have come to dominate and are good value for their half-time advantage.


TRY Bath! With the clock on zero, Bath stage one last attack and the Worcester defence is again over-stretched, which leads to Ford firing a long pass out to Abendanon, who has the time and spce to dive over between defenders.

Ford misses his first kick of the afternoon.

Bath 19-5 Warriors


Warriors are beginning to struggle up front now as they collapse on their own put-in again. Fine kick to the corner from Ford. Thirty seconds to go and Warriors steal the line-out.


Sam Betty is sin-binned for taking Agulla out in the air and Bath fire the penalty to the corner. The line-out is not straight though, which lets Warriors off the hook.


Andy Symons makes a slashing break through the middle, but he has no support and his off-load goes to ground and is cleared by Bath.


Wasn't much in that for me, but the decision is reversed. Lamb goes for the corner, but Agulla does well to keep the ball in play.


Warriors' scrum has looked fairly solid today, but they were shaky on their own ball then. The call was a penalty to Bath, but we're now checking the big screen after some handbags.


Grove links well with Murray to spring Percival into space, but the lock gets isolated and is penalised. Ford misses touch though to reprieve Warriors.


More goal-kicking woe for Warriors as Lamb hits the right-hand post and Bath clear.


Worcester come back with Drauniniu doing well to regain the kick off, before Bath are hit for off-side to give Lamb another shot at goal.


TRY Bath! Superb play from Ford, who dances out of serveral tackles before slinging a one-handed pass out wide to Agulla, who coasts over to score. Ford then adds the conversion too.

Bath 14-5 Warriors


Warriors move the ball across the pitch to Lemi, who aims to chip over the top, but only succeeds in shinning the ball out on the full.


TRY Bath! Warriors repell a couple of powerful drives, but eventually the defence becomes too stretched and scrum-half Micky Young burrows through a gap to score.

Ford adds the extras to give Bath the lead.

Bath 7-5 Warriors


Mike Williams is off for treatment and Bath dispatch a penalty to the corner. Big chance for the hosts here.


TRY Warriors! Worcester take the lead with a slick move down the flank as Thomas pops the ball to Pennell, who draws his man and finds Drauniniu, who steps inside two defenders and crosses the whitewash.

Lamb misses a relatively straightforward conversion.

Bath 0-5 Warriors


Good defence from Warriors there as Bath probe for the first time, but the hosts are guilty of not releasing.


Creevy is pinged for not releasing in the tackle just inside the Bath half and Ford drills the ball to touch near the Warriors 22.


Solid start from Warriors, going through a series of phases to take play up to mid-way through the Bath half, but Percival knocks-on under no pressure.


Bath fly-half George Ford gets the contest under way.


Here come the Warriors as skipper Jonathan Thomas leads his troops out onto the pitch.


Fifteen minutes to go until Warriors' biggest game since....well, since last weekend, actually.

Either way, it is a crucial clash for the men from Sixways and an unlikely win here would pile pressure on Newcastle, who entertain Saracens tomorrow.


Former Warriors favourite Kai Horstmann spoke to your Worcester News last week about the future for the Sixways club. Read his thoughts here.



The Rec has never been a happy hunting ground for Worcester, but if they ever needed to produce a huge result, it was today.



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