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Match Report: Bath Rugby 29 Worcester Warriors 13

07 Oct 2017
Match Report: Bath Rugby 29 Worcester Warriors 13

Aled Brew scored two tries as 14-man Bath Rugby secured their fourth win of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season with a bonus point against Worcester Warriors.

Freddie Burns, making his debut following a summer move from Leicester Tigers, was red carded in the second period for a tip tackle on Josh Adams.

But by then the damage was done, with the hosts already in a comfortable lead thanks to three first-half tries.

Jonathan Joseph, Brew and the outstanding Ben Tapuai all crossed with Dean Hammond replying for the Warriors, before Brew’s second wrapped up the points in the second half after Jamie Shillcock gave Worcester hope.

The result leaves the Warriors still winless this season but there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic as they controlled parts of the first half.

However, a piece of Joseph magic put Bath ahead as he finished off a flowing move with a one-handed finish in the corner following a fine Tapuai break.

Worcester fought back though and, after a number of handling errors, they got it right as Hammond ran a great line, outmuscled a scrambling Brew and dotted down.

That gave them the lead and they battled hard to retain it until half time but Bath’s attacking quality shone through.

Brew touched down in the corner following a relentless attack from the forwards before flanker Zach Mercer broke clear and set up Tapuai.

Worcester bounced straight back after the interval as Shillcock skipped through one tackle in the corner, but they could not sustain it and Bath wrapped up the bonus point when Burns whipped a fine pass out for Brew to dot down again.

Burns was sent off minutes later before Tapuai suffered a game-ending injury but Josh Lewis settled nerves with a penalty to secure Bath’s win.