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Aviva Premiership: Gary Gold praises Kyle Eastmond after Bath's win over Worcester
He's outstanding. We need the ball in Kyle's hands. He's a prodigious talent, passes off both hands.
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Bath head coach Gary Gold hailed England prospect Kyle Eastmond as a "prodigious talent" after he helped his side to a 32-9 bonus-point win over Worcester.
Eastmond returned to Bath's starting XV after featuring being on England Saxons duty last weekend and he created second-half tries for Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla.
And Gold was suitably impressed by Eastmond's performance in a playmaking role of inside centre.
"He's outstanding," Gold said. "We need the ball in Kyle's hands. He's a prodigious talent, passes off both hands.
"If he needs to kick, he can kick. We have to do the work to put him in the right positions."
Agulla grabbed another try while Peter Stringer and Rob Webber also crossed for the hosts as they secured a fifth successive win.
But ahead of next week's game with London Irish at the Recreation ground, which could see his side break into the top six, Gold was trying to remain grounded.
He said: "We've not achieved anything yet. They're going to be a tough challenge as well.
"They had a similar result against Worcester a few weeks ago and seem to be doing well now. It's going to become a real dogfight for us to try to edge up the table.
"We've just got to continue doing what we're doing. Whatever else is happening in the table, we can't do anything about that. We'll just stick to the task and carry on."
Worcester head coach Richard Hill revealed that his side's preparations had been disrupted by his a gastric bug in the camp which led to fly-half Andy Goode being ruled out minutes before the kick-off.
His deputy, Danny Gray, was similarly stricken but put on a brave display and managed to kick three penalties.
Hill said: "We're disappointed, because a lot of effort went in, for the 60 minutes certainly.
"In the first 40 we took the sting out of Bath really. We had good pressure at the start of the second half, a driving line-out and the scrum.
"We had six or seven minutes of real effort there and if we had scored we'd have gone into the lead.
"Not only did we not get over but we conceded a penalty - and that was a killer blow and it knocked the stuffing out of everybody."
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|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
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|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
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|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
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|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
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|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
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|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
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