Bath back on track with some six-y rugby at Sixways
Following a few disappointing results, Bath bounced back with a six try frenzy against Worcester at Sixways on Friday night, and getting them back in contention for the top four.
On a cold, crisp friday evening, Bath took to the field knowing a victory was required to get their season back on track before they break for a couple of weeks to focus on their European commitments. The England contingent of Thomas, Obano, Dunn, Watson and Zach Mercer were back in the squad as Bath named a strong team to do battle and they got their rewards with some delightful free flowing rugby that would have any rugby fan purring in the stands.
Bath were always in front on the scoreboard and Paul Grant was the first man on the scoreboard as Ben Tapuai cut through the Worcester midfield and a neat offload by scrum half Chris Cook fed an on-rushing Paul Grant to steam across the whitewash to the delight of the away fans. Rhys Priestland also added a couple of penalties in the first half to take the scoreboard to 6-13 at half time.
Showing plenty of potential in the first half, Bath came alive in the second half and were rewarded within three minutes, as Priestland passed the ball out to captain marvel Matt Garvey, who held off a couple of defenders and managed to stumble over the line. More was to follow nine minutes later with more good work from Chris Cook as he launched a break down the left and was finished off by Anthony Watson 6-25.
Worcester then showed some attacking intent of their own and it was former Bath player David Denton, who played like a possessed throughout the game with some lovely carriers, holding off the challenges of Grant, Garvey and Joseph to get over. Bath didn’t let that faze them, and once again the forwards were showing their class and muscle as James Phillips making his first Bath start, smashed and obliterated the Worcester defence and i’m sure the full back Chris Pennell is still seeing stars after almost being hammered into the crowd!
It went from bad to worse for Worcester as the scrum halves kick was charged down by Khan Fotuali’i and it seemed that Bath were going to make the score look embarrassing, but the Warriors continued to fight and were rewarded with a couple late tries from Taufete’e and Humphreys to give the scoreboard a bit more respectability at 25-46.
Bath played with real flair throughout the game and Fotuali’i scored a second try that was started with another barn-storming run from Zach Mercer who found James Wilson on the wing and cleverly flicked it inside as he was flying into the touchline, and Fotuali’i dived over the try line to finish off the move, but it was great quick thinking from Wilson and really showed the difference in class between the teams.
Once again the focus will now shift to Europe, as Bath welcome Welsh giants, Scarlets to the Rec next Friday, in a must win game to keep any hopes of advancing to the next stages of the Champions Cup. Tickets are limited but you can get them here.