Worcester Warriors blow Leeds away

Worcester produced a commanding performance to take their first Guinness Premiership win of the season by defeating Leeds Carnegie 27-7.


History didn’t favour Leeds at Sixways, having only won once in their last nine encounters. But a 10-10 draw in the last match would have given them some hope.


Four minutes in though, the hosts took the lead when Willie Walker slotted a penalty between the posts. The game was in need of a spark as neither side managed to take the advantage, but a furious period of play ensued midway through the first half to bring the game to life.


Leeds drove forward into the Worcester 22 and caught the Warriors defence napping when Jonny Hepworth sliced through their centres to go over for the try. Ceiron Thomas converted to put the visitors ahead.


The hosts hit back immediately though. Consistent good work during their opponents’ lineouts saw Worcester steal the ball and Alex Grove made a strong run over the line. Walker converted to regain the lead for the home side.


Worcester then had a chance to extend the lead just before the break, but Walker pulled his penalty kick wide of the posts. The flyhalf made up for it at the start of the second by clinically slotting two penalties and a drop goal to give the Warriors a 12 point lead.


Things got even worse for the Guinness Premiership newcomers when winger Marcel Garvey pounced on bouncing ball after good work from the hosts and burst over the line for the try.

 

Walker failed to convert, but Worcester were commanding the game.

Leeds managed to regroup and inch their way back into the game. In the 59th minute, the hosts were then punished for their discipline at the breakdown when Grove was yellow carded for not rolling away from the tackle.


Leeds tried to make the most of their one-man advantage, but despite some close calls Worcester managed to hold off their opponents, and put the final nail in the coffin with another successful penalty from Walker which put the home side 20 points ahead.


The visitors pushed hard for some consolation points, but a late charge saw Worcester winger Miles Benjamin make a brilliant try-saving tackle to deny Leeds.


The win puts Worcester at the top of the table with five points after two games while Leeds are still searching for their first win of the season in eighth place with two points after two matches.



Final Score Worcester Warriors 27 (10) Leeds Carnegie 7  (7)


Scorers


Worcester Warriors
Tries – Grove,Garvey
Penalties – Walker 4
Conversions – Walker
Drop G – Walker


Leeds Carnegie
Tries – Hepworth
Penalties –
Conversions – Thomas
Drop G – Walker


 

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