Bath remain in contention for play-off after beating Worcester 40-15

Tom Ellis scored the opening try for Bath
Tom Ellis scored the opening try for Bath
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Bath Rugby 40-15 Worcester Warriors, Recreation Ground

Bath Rugby came up with a six-try performance as they trounced Worcester Warriors 40-15 in the 19th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Recreation Ground on Wednesday.

The win meant Bath move to fifth place with 55 points - just four behind second placed Sale Sharks - while Worcester Warriors are at 10th place. Bath entered the game with 11 changes while Worcester retained only Ollie Lawrence in the XV from the side that were defeated by Bristol last Friday.

Billy Searle started the proceedings for Worcester with a seventh minute try which he also converted but Tom Ellis responded back with a ninth minute touchdown as the scores were levelled 7-7 in the opening 10 minutes.

As Elliot Stooke and Ed Fidow traded tries, Bath had a slender two point lead at the end of the first quarter. Stuart Hooper's men dominated the second quarter with Jack Walker in the 32nd minute and they soon claimed the bonus point with Tom de Glanville crossing the whitewash in the 38th minute.

Searle managed to kick a penalty goal at the stroke of half-time but Bath had a lead of 26-15 at the end of the opening half.

A Josh Matavesi dummy allowed Stooke to accelerate as he went over the line in the 49th minute and three minutes later the fly-half himself scored a converted try as Bath completed a 25-point victory to remain in contention for the play-off.

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