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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||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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