Olly Barkley snatches victory for Bath Rugby with last kick of the match
Worcester 23, Bath Rugby 24
Olly Barkley got Bath Rugby's Aviva Premiership campaign off to a winning start with the final kick of the match.
In front of national head coach Stuart Lancaster, the former England inside back landed eight penalties out of eight.
Bath had trailed 15-6 at the break after gifting Worcester penalties at the breakdown, with Warriors fly half Andy Goode kicking all five penalty attempts in the opening half.
Barkley's left boot took Bath into a narrow lead after the break at Sixways only for James Percival to rumble over for the homeside.
The lead sea-sawed in the dying minutes and Goode looked to have won it for the Warriors with a 79th minute penalty.
But Bath pounced on Worcester's failure to gather the restart cleanly and Barkley stayed cool to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Bath first-team coach Mike Ford attributed the win to calm analysis at half time.
"We kept our composure as coaches and said, Let's not wait until Monday to fix this."
He added: "Olly Barkley stood up tall today. It wasn't just his kicking, he led the team. I've told him I'm very proud of him."