Bath secure 29-13 bonus point win despite Burns' red-card

Freddie Burns, seen here playing for Leicester, was sent off in his first start for Bath
Freddie Burns, seen here playing for Leicester, was sent off in his first start for Bath
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Bath Rugby 29-13 Worcester Warriors, Recreation Ground

Freddie Burns' full debut for Bath was ruined by a yellow card but the home side managed to beat Worcester Warriors with a 29-13 bonus point victory in their Aviva Premiership encounter at Recreation Ground on Saturday.

England international Jonathan Joseph crossed over in the ninth minute with Burns slotting the extras to take Bath to a seven point lead but Worcester Warriors bounced back through a penalty from Jamie Shillcock and a touchdown from winger Dean Hammond in the 12th and 29th minutes respectively to claim a one point lead.

However, it was Todd Blackadder's men, who finished the first half strong following crossovers from Aled Brew (29') and Ben Tapuai (39') as they headed into second half with a 19-8 lead.

Shillcock reduced the gap to six points with an early try after restart but Brew's second touchdown at the end of the third quarter not only increased the home side's lead to 13 points but also helped them claim a bonus point.

Bath suffered a serious setback at the start of the final quarter when Burns was red-carded for a tip tackle on Warriors winger Josh Adams and soon Australian centre Tapuai left the field on a stretcher with a head injury.

Nevertheless, they did manage to hold on to their game despite being down to 14-men and replacement Josh Lewis capped off a 16 point victory for Bath with a 75th penalty. Bath are positioned fourth in the Premiership table while Worcester languish at the bottom and are yet to win a game this season.

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