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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 14 Bath Rugby 16

Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford praised his side’s character after they came from behind to beat Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium.

Worcester Warriors were in control at half-time as they led 14-6 thanks to tries for Cooper Vuna and Donncha O’Callaghan with Tom Heathcote converting them both.

All Bath had to show for their efforts in the first 40 minutes were two Tom Homer penalties but with just under half an hour remaining replacement scrum-half Jonathan Evans – who had only been on the pitch for two minutes – dotted down.

Homer added the extras and split the posts with another penalty with 13 minutes left to give visitors Bath the lead for the first time since the 13th minute.

Heathcote missed a penalty and Ryan Mills was wide with a drop goal as Worcester looked to seal the win, and while it wasn’t pretty Ford was delighted to get another Aviva Premiership Rugby win under their belt     in a tricky international window.

"It was real drama in the last 90 seconds and we needed a bit of luck. We could have easily lost the game,” Ford said.

"I thought we showed some great character in the second half and our captain, Stuart Hooper, was magnificent at half-time in rallying the troops.

"We've got key world class players missing and there are no easy games in the Premiership but if we had lost in that last five minutes it would have been difficult to pick up the players for next week."

Bath now find themselves on 22 points in ninth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, while Worcester are two places further back with 14 to their name.

And Warriors try-scorer O’Callaghan admits that Worcester need to show more of a killer instinct from here on out.

The lock said: "You have to be ruthless to win Premiership games.

“We were much more physical than last week but losing hurts as we know we are thereabouts.”
 
Worcester Warriors: Pennell (Lamb 72); Heem, Olivier, Symons (Mills 64), Vuna; Heathcote, Baldwin (Mulchrome 68); Rapava Ruskin (Leleimalefaga 61), Annett (Bregvadze 70), Schonert (Johnston 68); O’Callaghan, Barry; Dowson, Kirwan (Potgieter 61), van Velze
Replacements not used: Sanderson 
 
Bath Rugby: Homer; Rokoduguni, Clark, Banahan, Agulla (Williams 76) ; Hastings, Matawalu (Evans 48); Auterac (Obano 16), Webber (Batty 48), Thomas (Wilson 64); Hooper (Ewels 59), Ellis (Day 32); Houston, Mercer (Garvey 63), Mafi 
 
Worcester Warriors
Tries: Vuna, O’Callaghan 
Conversions: Heathcote 

Bath Rugby
Tries: Evans 
Conversions: Homer 1
Penalties: Homer 3

Referee: JP Doyle 
Attendance: 8,618
 

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