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Second half Warriors masterclass sees off Scottish

Second half Warriors masterclass sees off Scottish

Worcester Warriors produced a fine second-half display to record a 56-15 victory over spirited London Scottish at Sixways Stadium this afternoon.

Worcester Warriors produced a fine second-half display to record a 56-15 victory over spirited London Scottish at Sixways Stadium this afternoon.

The Scots were more than a match for Warriors in an encouraging first-half and had the lead twice thanks to tries from Mark Bright and Peter Lydon, but the hosts pulled away in a one-sided second period. 

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Scottish stay third in the Greene King IPA Championship table despite the defeat, and now face a crucial match against Nottingham at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday 11th April, 3pm kick-off where a win will secure a place in the play-offs for the first time. 

The visitors got off to the perfect start after just two minutes with Mark Bright scoring his 24th try of the season in all competitions.

Neil Best gathered a line-out in the hosts 22 and the trademark driving maul headed straight towards the line for Bright to score.

Worcester responded with an excellent team score to put them ahead on seven minutes.

Ryan Lamb was the eventual beneficiary of a move that started inside their own half.

Sam Smith made the initial break and offloads from Leonardo Senatore and Jonny Arr sent Lamb over the line.

The first of eight conversions from Andy Symons made the score 7-5 to Worcester. 

Warriors scored their second try shortly afterwards as Ryan Bower bundled over from close range following a five metre line-out to extend their advantage and bring the Sixways crowd to their feet. 

Scottish had dominance in the scrum in the early exchanges of the match and were rewarded with a penalty which Peter Lydon kicked over to bring Scottish back to within six points. 

Lydon then put the Scots back in front after he intercepted Ryan Lamb’s pass from 30 metres and ran under the posts unattended.

He converted his own try to give Scottish a deserved one-point advantage. 

Matt Williams made a break down the right wing with an impressive side-step as Scottish piled on the pressure but his pass back inside didn’t go to hand when it looked as if another score was on the cards. 

Worcester took the lead once more just after the half-hour mark.

Mike Williams went straight through a gap in the defence and despite being hauled down by Matt Williams was able to pop the ball up to Chris Pennell to score.

The England international’s try was converted by Symons to give the Warriors a 21-15 half-time lead. 

Warriors showed their class in the second half with five tries as Scottish struggled to contain Dean Ryan’s side. 

 

Aussie Test winger Cooper Vuna scored inside two minutes of the whistle, with the debutant on the inside of Max Stelling’s pass to dive over the line and secure a try-bonus point for the hosts.

Sam Smith was next on the scoresheet, the ex-Harlequin chipped the ball down the wing and gathered his own kick to score in the corner and give them the breathing space of a 20 point advantage. 

A period of Scottish pressure then followed with them camped in the Worcester 22 for over five minutes.

A Lee Millar break saw Kieran Moffat have a great opportunity but he couldn’t hold on to the ball and fumbled just short of the line. 

Worcester then had a spell of dominance in the closing stages of the match, with three tries in the final quarter securing the victory.

Sam Betty drove over the line from close range for his 16th try of the campaign before Max Stelling was sent clear thanks to a long looping pass from Ryan Lamb to score in the corner. 

Jonny Arr got their final try with the last act of the match after quick hands from the forwards gave the scrum-half space to run clear of the defence.

Symons’ conversion was yet again successful, as Scottish now turn their attentions to Nottingham and what promises to be a thrilling end to the season in search for a play-off spot.  

Judgement Day – Neil Best shifts focus towards Saturday, April 11, click here.


London Scottish take on Nottingham Rugby in their final home game of the regular season on Saturday, April 11, 3pm kick-off.
 
Victory over Nottingham will guarantee the Club a place in the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs for the very first time!

Hospitality is sold out for this potentially historic clash but you can purchase match tickets, starting at just £12 for members and £15 for non-members, online here.

Under-16s can get in for free (Clan, standing ticket). 

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#theincrediblejourney 

Worcester Warriors:

15 Chris Pennell, 14 Sam Smith,13 Max Stelling, 12 Andy Symons, 11 Cooper Vuna (replaced by Ryan Mills), 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Jonny Arr, 1 Ryan Bower (replaced by Val Rapava Ruskin), 2 Niall Annett (replaced by Agustin Creevy), 3 Nick Schonert (replaced by Joe Rees), 4 Mike Williams (replaced by Darren O’Shea), 5 Jonathan Thomas, 6 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Sam Betty, 8 GJ van Velze (c).
Replacements:

16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Val Rapava Ruskin, 18 Joe Rees, 19 Darren O’Shea, 20 Charlie Mulchrone, 21 Ryan Mills, 22 Ben Howard

Scorers:

Tries: Ryan Lamb (6 minutes) Ryan Bower (14 minutes) Chris Pennell (33 minutes) Cooper Vuna (42 minutes)
Sam Smith (49 minutes) Sam Betty (62 minutes) Max Stelling (69 minutes) Jonny Arr (80 minutes)

Conversions: Andy Symons (7, 15, 33, 43, 49, 63, 70, 80 minutes)

London Scottish

15, Lee Millar, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Kieran Moffat, 12, Mike Doneghan, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Peter Lydon, 9, Matt Heeks (replaced by Jamie Stevenson), 1, James Hallam (replaced by Mark Lilley), 2, David Cherry (replaced by Adam Kwasnicki), 3, Ben Prescott (replaced by Lovejoy Chawatama), 4, Josh Thomas Brown (replaced by Gregor Gillanders), 5, James Phillips, 6, Neil Best, 7, Lewis Ludlow (replaced by James Chisholm), 8, Mark Bright (c).

Replacements: 

16, Mark Lilley, 17, Adam Kwasnicki, 18, Lovejoy Chawatama, 19, Gregor Gillanders, 20, James Chisholm, 21, Jamie Stevenson, 22, Matt Hawke.

Scorers:

Tries: Mark Bright (2 minutes) Peter Lydon (21 minutes)

Conversions: Peter Lydon (22 minutes)

Penalties: Peter Lydon (17 minutes)

Officials:

Referee: Greg McDonald

Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Ross Campbell

HALF TIME: Worcester Warriors 21 – 15 London Scottish

FULL TIME: Worcester Warriors 56 – 15 London Scottish

Attendance: 6697

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