Carl Fearns charges his way through the Worcester Warriors defensive line
1 November 2013, 09:33 pm ::
By Jamie Holt
Worcester Warriors 6 Bath Rugby 21
Replacement Horacio Agulla sealed a comfortable 21-6 victory for Bath Rugby which in turn kept Worcester Warriors winless in the Aviva Premiership.
Heading into the clash at Sixways the hosts had lost all six of their league games while Bath were looking to cement their place in the top four.
George Ford's imperious early form with the boot gave the visitors the foundation for victory, and tries from Anthony Perenise and Agulla eventually proved decisive.
The Warriors had Paul Warwick to thank for their points, but director of rugby Dean Ryan is still searching for his first Aviva Premiership victory since taking charge this summer and they remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Bath got off to a bright start with two early Ford penalties, the first on three minutes and the next on six despite the damp conditions underfoot at Sixways.
They were then penalised for standing up in the scrum but, unlike Ford, Warwick saw his first effort drop short of the posts.
By the time the clock ticked past the 15-minute mark Ford had already notched his third penalty, this time from close to halfway, as the former Leicester Tigers fly-half threatened to take the game beyond the Warriors.
To their credit, the hosts did fight their way into the game and Dean Hammond tried burrowing his way into the corner, but some strong defensive work from Anthony Watson forced the wing into touch.
That was to prove costly for Worcester who found themselves 16-0 behind on 28 minutes.
Peter Stringer found Perenise and he muscled his way past two challenges before touching down in the corner. The impressive Ford added the extras.
Warwick did reduce the Warriors' arrears with a penalty three minutes before the break, but Bath still held a 16-3 half-time lead.
Bath's lead was slimmed further when Warwick added another three-pointer within a minute of the restart, but he was wayward with his next attempt, as was Ford with the conditions seemingly taking their toll.
Somewhat against the run of play, though, Agulla forced a turnover and ran in unopposed soon after coming on from the bench.
Ford was well wide with his conversion, but Bath had a 21-6 advantage to take into the final 20 minutes.
It was a lead they never looked like surrendering, and when Chris Jones was sin-binned with eight minutes remaining that was all-but it for the Warriors.
Bath still looked like adding to their lead though. Wing Matt Banahan barged his way towards the corner but fumbled in his attempts to ground the ball and the visitors saw the game out.