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- Aviva Premiership
- 19th Apr 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: The Recreation Ground
- Att: 12,115
Aviva Premiership: Toby Booth - Referee was consistent during Bath's win over Worcester
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Bath first-team coach Toby Booth could afford to be philosophical about a bizarre yellow card handed out to George Ford after the fly-half returned to the action to earn a late bonus-point try for Matt Banahan against Worcester.
The 32-20 win lifted Bath into third place in the Aviva Premiership - above Leicester - but Ford's spell in the bin for a tackle on a briefly airborne David Lemi was one of the main talking points.
Worcester flanker Sam Betty had been sin-binned for a similarly innocuous challenge on Horacio Agulla.
Booth said: "To be fair to the referee, we've received a directive this week - there's been some clarification around contests in the air.
"The upshot of it is, unless two people are in the air contesting, irrespective of whether someone is looking at someone or not, if that collision occurs when one person is on the floor, that person is getting a minimum yellow card.
"If the player lands on his head, it'll be a red card. So the refs have got nowhere else to go. The referee was consistent - he did the same at the other end."
Worcester coach Dean Ryan was reluctant to be drawn on the topic but said: "Both yellow cards were a bit of a shambles. Neither were particularly dangerous in the way the lads came down.
"Let's just keep me away from that - and see what email we get next week!"
On the game itself, which was in the balance right until Banahan's 77th-minute try, Booth said: "The important thing at this time of year - when you don't get any second chances - is that you find a way of winning.
"The good teams find a way and that's the encouraging thing. We found a way to get the extra point, which we believe may be significant in a couple of weeks' time.
"We're obviously pleased with the outcome, although there are many aspects of the performance that we are less than satisfied with.
"And you've got to give Worcester some credit, and after scoring 30-plus points at Exeter last week. They're playing for their lives and that brings special effort.
"We play Northampton at home next up. We'll take each game as it comes. Obviously it's mathematically possible for us to get a home play-off semi-final. You strive to get as far up the table as you can."
Ryan said: "We are disappointed not to get something out of it. We thought we had a bit of momentum behind us, but couldn't quite nail it down.
"I feel for the players, because they are working so hard. We're not a bad side. We haven't got the power of a Bath or Saracens or Leicester - you can see that.
"The scrum creaked a bit. But, in terms of what we are trying to do, we've got some lads working really hard and it's starting to come together.
"We've become a really good group. We've been under a lot of pressure for three or four months and we've played some pretty decent rugby under an awful amount of duress."
On the unlikely prospect of escaping relegation, he added: "I don't know if we can do it. But we've got one more game before someone actually writes the headline.
"Ultimately my job is to get this club into a good space and go forward. I think everybody can see we are starting to turn the corner."
"I wish the season was another five weeks long - that's the first time I've ever said that in 20 years!
"We're really on the up. If we can do something next game, that's great. This club has made a massive marker and there are a load of lads coming next season who want to be part of it. I'm just enjoying being in the middle of it.
"I'm not going to allow people to get a cheap headline just by saying 'it's over'. It's not. We don't deserve it to be written off until our game at Saracens is over."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|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|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
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