By Thomas Branston
Sixways Stadium (Kick-off 3pm)
Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant Refs: Jack Makepeace, Ross Campbell
TMO: Geoff Warren
Worcester Warriors were beaten 36-26 by Sale Sharks last Friday at the AJ Bell Stadium but managed to pick up a try bonus point. Warriors only victory in their last five rounds of Aviva Premiership was a 41-24 win at home to Bristol on 5 March.
Worcester have lost just one of their last four Premiership Rugby encounters at Sixways, 32-48 to Exeter in Round 15.
Bath Rugby ended a three game losing run with a 27-21 win over Leicester Tigers at Twickenham in ‘The Clash’ last weekend. Bath have not won away from home since their visit to Exeter at the end of October.
Warriors will look to overturn this unfortunate stat with Bath winning their last eight encounters with Warriors since their last triumph being a 16-7 win at Sixways in November 2011
Bath ran out heavy winners last time out despite a promising start from Worcester in Round 3. Bath won 37-22 scoring four second-half tries to win the game. Scores from Annett and Hammond teed up a comfortable 17-6 score at half-time, but scores from Watson, Banahan, Rokodunguni and Houston cancelled out the Warriors efforts.
Worcester Warriors | 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Francois Hougaard; 1 Ryan Bower, 2 Joe Taufete’e, 3 Biyi Alo, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (c), 5 Will Spencer, 6 Chris Vui, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Marco Mama
Replacements | 16 Jack Singleton, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Gareth Milasinovich , 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Wynand Olivier
Bath | 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford (c), 9 Kahn Fotuali’i; 1 Nathan Catt, 2 Ross Batty, 3 Kane Palma-Newport, 4 Charlie Ewels, 5 Elliott Stooke, 6 Tom Ellis, 7 Francois Louw, 8 Taulupe Faletau
Replacements | 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Beno Obano, 18 Shaun Knight, 19 David Denton, 20 Zach Mercer, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Tom Homer