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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 14th November|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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