Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 21-19 Bath Rugby
Bryce Heem’s try after 98 minutes, converted by Duncan Weir, was enough to earn Worcester Warriors a sensational 21-19 victory over Bath Rugby.
Trailing 19-3 at the break, Worcester fought back to get to within five points, and then after a red card for Ross Batty and three further yellows, they got the winning score while playing with four extra men.
Man of the match
Plenty of contenders on both sides but in the end we have to go for Bryce Heem who was everywhere in attack for the Warriors. Beyond just the two tries he finished, he was a constant threat with ball in hand, and his support line for the first score off the shoulder of Francois Venter was perfect.
Try of the match
No question about this, the first Worcester try was a beauty. Francois Venter was involved on two occasions, with one clean break on the right which caused danger. A few phases later the ball was shifted to the left and Venter was there again to race through off Chris Pennell’s pass before sending Heem in for the try.
Moment of the match
The final 19 minutes were unbelievable but in terms of a single moment, it has to be that final try. After scrummaging away and seeing Bath reduced to 11, Worcester finally sent the ball wide to Heem who was left with the easiest of finishes. He was not able to get right in front of the posts, but Weir made no mistake with the relatively straightforward conversion.
What they said:
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “I have been coaching for a long time, so I have seen it go both ways, but it was pretty tight at the end, I must admit.
“It went on and on and on, but the boys held their nerve and we eventually got the try and conversion. All’s well that ends well.
“I’ve seen games go right to the death quite often, but not in that particular manner. There were umpteen scrums, and then eventually we got the ball, moved it wide and scored the try.”
Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder said: “I have never been involved with a game before that finished like that. It’s a new one.
“It will be fascinating to go back and have a look at it all and try to work out what the hell happened.
“We will always look at it as being 19-3 in front and in a commanding position, and then being down to 11 men at the end.”
Best of social:
Oh. My. Scrums. What a day! Unbelievable character and resilience from the boys to dig in for that win. Anyone got a fresh pair of quads I could borrow? Asking for a friend…#COYW @WorcsWarriors pic.twitter.com/kOttMEq1Hr
— Ethan Waller (@beef324) January 5, 2019
— Jonathon Lance (@jonno_lance) January 5, 2019
The finale at Sixways today was truly EPIC! 😱
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 5, 2019
— Scott Van Breda (@scottvbreda) January 5, 2019