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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby

Matt Garvey is urging Bath Rugby to not let their West Country spoils go to waste as they travel to strugglers Worcester Warriors on Friday night.

Bath climbed to third in the Aviva Premiership table following a 15-13 victory over arch-rivals Gloucester Rugby at the Rec on Friday night.

That was their third win in their last four matches but away from home Bath have struggled, picking up just one victory since September.

However a Worcester side still looking for their first win of the campaign seems like the perfect opportunity to change all that, something Garvey is reinforcing to his new Bath team-mates.

“At London Irish we obviously had the London Double Headers and they are special, but the West Country derby under Friday night lights was something else,” he said.

“It was such a special atmosphere and it was easy to see how important it was to the city and it is something that will live with me forever.

“But the most important thing was to pick up the win and we are all really glad to do that but we need to kick on now and continue up the table.
“You want to be in the top four all season and that is where we find ourselves and we want to stay there so we need another big performance against Worcester.”

The Warriors last tasted victory on March 1 and the history books don’t suggest that will change on Friday night with Worcester having beaten Bath just once in their last 12 meetings.

However Jonny Arr is keeping his fingers crossed that home advantage will help them change all that as they bid to turn Sixways into a fortress once again.

“Friday night at Sixways is always something special, there’s a good buzz and we need to make it hard for any team that goes there,” Arr said.

“Their (Bath’s) pack against Gloucester last week were very dominant, our forwards will have a tough task.

“But they also have dangerous runners in the backline, they can create something from nothing they are a real handful all over the pitch.

“We’ve had a good look at them this week on the video, and we’re confident we can restrict them and hopefully get a result.”

Sixways (7.45pm)
Referee: Greg Garner (54th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andy Watson & Gordon Goodliffe. TMO: Graham Hughes.

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