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Bath moved up to joint-second in the Aviva Premiership table, and inflicted more woe on bottom club Worcester in the process, with a 21-6 victory at Sixways on Friday night.
Tries in either half from Anthony Perenise and Horacio Agulla helped Bath record their fifth win in seven games, while winless Worcester remain rooted to the foot of the table and have now lost 12 league games on the bounce.
Heavy rain at Sixways contributed to numerous handling errors from both sides and Bath fly-half George Ford profited with three early penalties for the visitors.
Worcester gradually found their feet and only a brilliant piece of defending from highly-rated full-back Anthony Watson on the try-line denied Dean Hammond an opening try of the match on 26 minutes.
Buoyed by that defensive effort, Bath then pounced at the other end through Perenise after Ford's fantastic long kick had found touch.
Matt Garvey robbed the line-out and when play was recycled, Peter Stringer popped the ball to New Zealander Perenise, who powered past two would-be tacklers to touch down.
Ford continued his fine night with the conversion but Paul Warwick did at least give the home fans some cheer with a penalty two minutes before the interval.
Worcester came out with more purpose after the break and a second Warwick penalty made the score 16-3 to Bath.
Warwick missed the opportunity to make further inroads when he scuffed his next effort three minutes later.
The wet conditions continued to cause errors but kicking was also becoming difficult, even for Ford, who missed for the first time on 50 minutes.
But the deciding moment came on the hour mark when, against the run of play, Argentinian back Agulla pinched the ball on the Worcester 22 and ghosted in for a killer score.
Bath were comfortable thereafter and Worcester were forced to play the remaining seven minutes with 14 men after Chris Jones was sent to the sin-bin.
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|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers 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 Falcons vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|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|
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