• Worcester 41-24 Bristol
• Bonus point win moves Warriors seven points clear of relegation rivals
Bristol’s bid for Aviva Premiership survival suffered a crushing blow at Sixways as their relegation rivals Worcester cruised to a 41-24 victory. The Warriors had a bonus point secured by half-time following a penalty try and scores from the scrum-half Francois Hougaard, lock Will Spencer and wing Bryce Heem, while Ryan Mills added four conversions and a penalty.
Bristol, two points behind 11th-placed Worcester before kick-off, are now seven adrift and three of their remaining five games this season are against title contenders Wasps, Exeter and Saracens. A return to the Championship after just one season back in English rugby’s top flight now looks likely, yet they could have few complaints after being horribly outplayed, despite the full-back Jason Woodward’s try and a Gavin Henson penalty and conversion briefly giving them hope.