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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Worcester Warriors set to give Bath a real battle

Josh Adams in fine form

Worcester winger Bryce Heem goes over against Northampton
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Worcester took until mid-November to register a league win but now that they are up and running they look worth a wager getting a three-point start from visitors Bath in tonight’s televised Premiership clash at Sixways.

Since beating Northampton 30-15, the Warriors have stunned Leicester at Welford Road 37-21 and kept basement boys London Irish at arm’s length as well as picking up bonus points in defeat at Saracens and Sale.

Before that Saints success, Worcester had shown what a dangerous team they can be, with two points gained in defeat at Harlequins. A 24-19 September loss at Gloucester is far from shabby either now that the Cherry & Whites have stormed up to fourth in the table.

Worcester’s confidence is clearly flowing again, and wing Josh Adams has scored eight tries in his six league outings.

Bath thumped the Warriors 29-13 at the Rec in October but that was when they were rattling along themselves with three excellent wins over Leicester, Saracens and Wasps in their first five Premiership games and before back-to-back European Champions Cup triumphs.

They have lost their last three league matches heavily and away head coach Todd Blackadder has a mounting injury list and the distraction of possible progress in Europe next week.

Scarlets are Bath’s next Champions Cup opponents but before that trip to the Rec, the reigning Pro12 champions should dispatch a depleted Dragons outfit (BBC2 Wales, 7.35pm) to maintain their concerted push for the inaugural Pro14 playoffs.

However, with multiple injuries affecting their backline, rather than a bet on them giving up 21 points, take backrower James Davies to score a try at 11-4.

Davies’s mobility has seen him selected for the Wales sevens set-up and he bagged a brace in this fixture two seasons ago.

Edinburgh are asked to give up 24 points when they host winless Conference B basement boys the Kings (BBC Alba, 7.35pm).

Worcester +3
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James Davies to score a try in Scarlets v Dragons
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Worcester’s confidence is clearly flowing again, and wing Josh Adams has scored eight tries in his six league outings
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