Ti­tle bid is over agrees Mat­son

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BATH head coach Tabai Mat­son con­ceded his side’s ti­tle hopes look over.

He said: “I said af­ter last week’s game against Le­ices­ter it’s about who blinked first. We’ve blinked so we’re pos­si­bly go­ing to miss out.

“We’ve missed an op­por­tu­nity here but we’ve got a big semi-fi­nal against Stade Fran­cais now and that will get our full fo­cus.”

Worcester lock Will Spencer was de­lighted to notch the match-clinch­ing try against his old club. Spencer said: “It felt a bit per­sonal and meant a lot. That was a pretty full strength Bath side and we de­served the win.

“It puts us in a good place and gives us a lot of op­ti­mism for next sea­son.”

Worcester lost in­flu­en­tial props Nick Schon­ert (hand) and Val Ra­pava Ruskin (rib) dur­ing the week, but boss Gary Gold re­vealed both may tour with Eng­land.

He said: “Val’s been talk­ing to the Eng­land se­lec­tors and Nick’s very much on their radar.”

Gold praised the in­flu­ence of vet­eran lock Donncha O’Callaghan, adding: “Los­ing some key guys dur­ing the week, we could have al­lowed our heads to drop. But to rely on a guy of Donncha’s stature gave us bril­liant lead­er­ship.”

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