Bath crush Worcester to stop the rot
Bath halted a run of three successive Premiership defeats with a comfortable bonus-point victory at Worcester on Friday.
The 46-25 win provided just the lift fifth-placed Bath needed before resuming their European Champions Cup quarter-final quest against Recreation Ground visitors the Scarlets next Friday.
Flankers Paul Grant and Matt Garvey scored tries either side of half-time, before England back Anthony Watson's try 15 minutes into the second period put 11th-placed Worcester away.
Lock James Phillips and replacement scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i added further scores before Fotuali'i claimed his second in stoppage time.
Fly-half Rhys Priestland kicked three conversions and two penalties, and Freddie Burns added two conversions, while Worcester replied with a David Denton try against his former club and a late scores from Joe Taufete'e and Perry Humphreys, with Chris Pennell booting 10 points.
Worcester remain 10 points clear of relegation favourites London Irish, but rugby director Alan Solomons's first home game in charge proved a sobering affair as Bath's vastly superior running game often left the Warriors floundering.
Bath boss Todd Blackadder hailed "a great response" from his players after they ended their run of defeats.
"I thought we did the simple things really well," Blackadder said. "I thought the physicality and the breakdown work was outstanding.
"We took on board the lessons we have learnt the last couple of weeks and probably put them together. It was a great response. We were smart with the way we went about our work this week, and it paid dividends today."
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