ESPN SCRUM

/ Aviva Premiership 2013-14

/ Match Pack

Aviva Premiership
Bath hold off Worcester fightback
ESPN Staff
April 19, 2014
Report Match details
Date/Time: Apr 19, 2014, 15:00 local, 14:00 GMT
Venue: Recreation Ground, Bath
Bath Rugby 32 - 20 Worcester Warriors
Attendance: 12044  Half-time: 19 - 5
Tries: Abendanon, Agulla, Banahan, Young
Cons: Ford 3
Pens: Ford, Henson
Tries: Drauniniu, Pennell, Symons
Cons: Pennell
Pens: Pennell
Bath's Horacio Agulla darts past Mike Williams for their second try, Bath Rugby v Worcester Warriors, Aviva Premiership, Recreation Ground, Bath, April 19, 2014
Horacio Agulla scores Bath's second try
© PA Photos
Enlarge
Related Links

Bath secured the maximum five points against Worcester but had to hold off a valiant fightback from the visitors in the second-half.

As the race for the play-offs heats up, Bath lead Leicester on games won and, with Northampton to face at home before the final game away to another of the play-off contenders Harlequins on May 10, it looks set to go down to the wire. Bottom club Worcester were never out of this game until Matt Banahan's late try, which denied them a losing bonus point. Up to that point they looked more than capable of winning, having scored three tries themselves through Josh Drauniniu, Andy Symons and Chris Pennell but came away with nothing.

Bath's other tries, all scored in the first half, came from Micky Young, Horacio Agulla and Nick Abendanon. George Ford, who was sin-binned for taking out David Lemi in the air, kicked nine points with Gavin Henson adding a penalty.

Worcester took advantage of a moment of hesitation in the home defence to take a ninth-minute lead. The ball was lost in midfield, then recovered, and a one-handed pass by hooker Agustin Creevy released Jonathan Thomas and Pennell on the right.

Right wing Drauniniu picked a good line to brush past Abendanon and side-stepped Young to score, although Ryan Lamb was wide with the conversion. Ford found the corner with an accurate penalty in the 20th minute and sucked in enough defenders at a couple of rucks before scrum-half Young slipped inside Mariano Galarza to touch down. Ford added the conversion.

The second try followed just four minutes later and owed everything to Ford's poise with ball-in-hand as he ghosted past four defenders and flung an overhead pass to Agulla, who cut inside Thomas to score. With Ford's conversion, Bath were 14-5 ahead. Lamb missed a very kickable penalty from less than 30 metres but Bath began to exert huge pressure in the scrum, winning three penalties in succession.

They gained a further advantage in the 37th minute when Sam Betty was sin-binned for taking out Agulla in the air. The clock was already at zero when neat interplay between the Bath half-backs allowed Abendanon to add a third try, this time unconverted.

Pennell took over the kicking for Worcester but was no luckier when offered a chance straight after the restart. Ford had no problems, however, with a 48th-minute attempt from 40 metres as the Worcester scrum again folded under pressure. Fortunately, their line-out worked like clockwork throughout. Ford later found himself in trouble, being shown a yellow card for tackling Lemi, although it was one of the more innocuous offences of its type. The resulting reshuffle meant Henson replaced Kyle Eastmond.

In the confusion, Worcester created a well-worked try for Symons, converted by Pennell, to cut the lead to 10 points. The whole Bath pack were then caught offside from a clearing kick by Henson on the hour, Pennell making the score 22-15. Bath began to show more urgency and Henson replied with a straightforward penalty soon afterwards but Worcester again had an answer as Pennell was set free on the left by a long Symons pass to score in the corner, although he could not convert his own try. Now both sides were looking for a four-try bonus point.

Bath had a let-off in the 73rd minute when Leroy Houston was penalised at scrum for releasing his bind and Pennell missed the penalty. The home side, so comfortable in the scrums so far, offended again at the next, wasting a prime attacking position. Eventually, they rebuilt the pressure on the Worcester line and Ford slipped a simple pass for Banahan to score. Ford added the points.

Bath enjoy Micky Young's score © Getty Images
Enlarge
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Australian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Boxing - Frampton v Avalos
    Boxing - Fury v Hammer
    Boxing - Eubank v Chudinov
    Golf - Joburg Open
    Golf - Honda Classic
    Tennis - Dubai Championships
    Tennis - Mexican Open
  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Tigers end try drought to boost play-off hopes

    Leicester ended an Aviva Premiership try drought of more than five hours as they beat Sale 28-8 home to boost their chances of making the play-offs

  • Rugby

    Chiefs end Bath hoodoo to move up to third

    Three penalties from 21-year-old England Saxons fly-half Henry Slade plus the conversion of his half back partner Will Chudley took Exeter Chiefs up to third place in the Aviva Premiership with their first-ever victory in 10 league attempts against Bath

  • Formula 1

    Hamilton keeps Mercedes on top

    Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes set another convincing headline time on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona while Ferrari completed its first race simulation of the winter

  • Rugby

    Irish pile more misery on Welsh

    Alex Lewington scored a hat-trick as London Irish thrashed Welsh 50-12, ensuring the hosts' miserable season continued with a 16th Aviva Premiership defeat on the bounce

  • Rugby

    Forwards praised as Italy revel in victory

    Italy full-back Luke McLean felt credit should go to the forwards as a late penalty try ensured they finished on the right end of a 22-19 victory in the Six Nations clash at Murrayfield

  • News
  • Features
Sponsored Links
Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!