Bath beat Worcester despite Burns' red card on debut

Bath, Wales and Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau powers his way through the visitors' defence
Aviva Premiership
Bath (19) 29
Tries: Brew 2, Joseph, Tapuai Cons: Burns 3 Pens: Lewis
Worcester (8) 13
Tries: Hammond, Shillcock Pens: Shillcock

Bath had to come from behind to earn a bonus-point win over bottom club Worcester as local boy Freddie Burns’ home debut was ruined by a red card.

In a game further marred by the exit of home centre Ben Tapuai on a stretcher, Warriors briefly led 8-7 after winger Dean Hammond’s first-half try.

But Aled Brew and Tapuai both scored to stretch Bath clear at the break.

Jamie Shillcock crossed for Warriors but Brew’s second sealed victory before Burns was sent off for a tip tackle.

Bath’s fourth Premiership win of the season, and only their second at home, came despite having to play the last 17 minutes with 14 men following returning hometown product Burns’ costly tip tackle on Warriors winger Josh Adams.

But home concerns at the end were more for Tapuai, who received 13 minutes’ treatment before departing the fray.

After England centre Jonathan Joseph’s early converted try, Shillcock’s penalty and a try from Hammond, who came in off his wing and ran 35 metres to score, put Warriors ahead. But two tries in 10 minutes just before the break by Brew and Tapuai closed the door.

Young stand-off Shillcock went over from close range on the right after good work from a line-out, but he again missed the conversion, landing only one out of his four goal attempts.

In winless Worcester’s first game since director of rugby Gary Gold, formerly the boss at Bath, announced that he is to leave at the end of the season, they remain with just one point from their first six matches, after failing to end their winless record at The Rec.

Bath: Watson; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Tapuai, Brew; Burns, Cook; Obano, Walker, Perenise, Ewels (capt), Stooke, Mercer, Underhill, Faletau.

Replacements: Dunn, Auterac, Thomas, Phillips, Douglas, Fotuali’i, Lewis, Clark.

Sent off: Burns (63).

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Adams, Willison, Te’o, Hammond; Shillcock, Arr; Bower, Singleton, Alo, O’Callaghan (capt), Spencer, Denton, Lewis, Van Velze.

Replacements: Taufete’e, Waller, Milasinovich, Scotland-Williamson, Faosiliva, Stringer, Lance, Olivier.

Referee: Luke Pearce

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