Worcester Warriors 25-44 Bath Rugby, Sixways
Bath scored five tries in the second half as they went on to beat Worcester Warriors 25-44 in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Sixways on Friday.
Rhys Priestland kicked a seventh minute penalty to begin the proceedings for Bath and seven minutes later, the fly-half kicked his second penalty as the visitors doubled their lead.
Worcester Warriors' first points came in the 27th minute when Chris Pennell got a penalty kick right after two missed attempts but Bath further upped the ante when flanker Paul Grant crossed over in the 33rd minute following an offload from Chris Cook. Priestland's conversion put Bath into a 10-point lead.
Worcester knew they had to score next as Bath moved 10 points clear, and the Warriors went close when Wales Six Nations squad hopeful Josh Adams, the Premiership's top try-scorer this season, broke clear found inside his own half.
Although Adams' adventure - Wales assistant coach Rob Howley would have been an interested observer from the stands - went unrewarded, it still set up an attacking platform from which Pennell prospered by kicking another penalty that cut Bath's lead to 13-6 at the interval.
It was total domination for Bath at the start of the second half as they amassed three more tries that came one each from Matt Garvey (44'), Watson (52') and James Phillips (59') while Priestland landed the extras on two occasions.
Even though David Denton crossed over for the hosts, Worcester had a 13-32 trail as the final quarter kicked in. The fifth try for Bath came in the 66th minute through Kahn Fotuali'i and it also provided a 26 point lead for Todd Blackadder's men.
Bath were reduced to 14 men in the final eight minutes when James Phillips was sin-binned but the damage was already done even though Taufete'e crossed for a try ahead of Fotuali'i adding his second and Humphreys ending the scoring.
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