Play-by-play: How 19 tense min­utes of ex­tra time sunk Bath to Worces­ter de­feat

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Worces­ter are deep in the Bath 22m. A smart half-dummy from Johnny Arr draws the de­fence off­side. Ref­eree Ian Tem­pest spots it. Worces­ter call for a 5m scrum, in front of the posts. Bath are al­ready down to 14 due to Ross Batty’s send­ing off. Dun­can Weir lines up the match-win­ning con­ver­sion, about ten me­tres to the left of the posts and 25 me­tres out. It’s good. Vic­tory for Worces­ter! The Blue, Black and Whites are creak­ing. They hand Worces­ter the penalty. Bath are now down to 11. Jamie Roberts is now at flanker. Be­hind the scrum, Bath only have four play­ers. Worces­ter go left. Mills finds Bryce Heem - who is wide open - with a long pass. Try! An­other penalty as Worces­ter get a good nudge on again. Could it be a penalty try next ? Worces­ter at­tack off the scrum. Bath scram­ble, Aled Brew hits Ryan Mills hard, the ball is spilled. Did Brew use his arms? Tem­pest shows him yel­low for off­side and refers the tackle to the TMO. Not a penalty try; there was cover. Both front rows stand up. Scrum again, this time only a re­set. The ten­sion is build­ing. In­clud­ing re­sets, we make this the eighth scrum in added time. Maybe even nine. Bath’s best chance of get­ting out of this hole ap­pears to be Worces­ter go­ing wide and mak­ing a mis­take. This time the scrum is com­pleted. Worces­ter at­tack right and, a cou­ple of phases later, Max Lahiff kills the ball and is shown a yel­low card. James Wil­son comes off and Henry Thomas re­turns to the field so the scrum can be con­tested. The next scrum is a mess and gets re­set for yet an­other War­riors crack. Ref­eree Tem­pest may have been tempted to give an­other penalty there. The ten­sion in the Sixways stands con­tin­ues to grow. As soon as he comes on, Thomas gets his head taped up which gives his team-mates a help­ful breather. Bath pack down with just eight play­ers again, but they are now two bod­ies short in the backs as the pres­sure con­tin­ues to mount. We thought this was a rugby match, not a foot­ball match... The vis­i­tors are now pack­ing down with just seven play­ers, plus five backs. How on earth can they sur­vive? An­other penalty against Bath. The in­creas­ingly vo­cif­er­ous Mid­lands crowd calls for a penalty try, but the match off­i­cals de­cide oth­er­wise as the grow­ing scrum­fest con­tin­ues for an­other round on the Bath fiveme­tre line. Lu­cas Noguera goes to ground at the scrum and re­ceives a yel­low card. Jac­ques van Rooyen comes back on, Zach Mercer goes off.

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