Sale Sharks get bitten by Worcester’s Warriors

Worcester Warriors held on to a narrow lead as they beat Sale Sharks 24-18 at Sixways Stadium on Saturday.


The hosts surged ahead in the opening 10 minutes as Willie Walker converted a drop-goal before the lead was extended to 10 points with a Marcel Garvey try and a Walker conversion.


Sharks closed the gap to two points shortly afterwards thanks to Lee Thomas’ successful penalty and a timely try from Chris Bell.


Walker kept the scoreboard ticking by converting two penalties as the Warriors went into the break at 16-8.


Worcester made a lightning start to the second half as Miles Benjamin made his way over the try-line two minutes after the restart, leaving Sale with the tough task of overcoming a 13-point deficit.


The home side did well to keep Sale out for the majority of the second half, but the Sharks ignited hope of a victory in the 65th minute as Mathew Tait scored before Richard Wigglesworth converted to put them within a converted try of victory.


However, a crucial penalty-kick from Walker made it more difficult as he opened Worcester’s lead to nine points four minutes later.


Thomas sneaked over a drop-goal before the end, but Warriors held on for the win to move into sixth on the Premiership standings.


Final Score Worcester 24 Sale Sharks 18


Scorers


Worcester Warriors
Tries: Marcel Garvey, Miles Benjamin
Penalties: Willie Walker (3)
Drop Goals: Willie Walker
Conv: Willie Walker


Sale Sharks
Tries: Chris Bell, Mathew Tait
Penalties: Lee Thomas
Drop Goals: Lee Thomas
Conversions: Richard Wigglesworth


Teams


Worcester Warriors : Latham Garvey Grove Tuitupou Benjamin Walker Powell Mullan Lutui Taumoepeau Rawlinson Gillies Wood Sanderson Talei


Replacements: Black Fortey Ruwers Kitchener Cox Arr Carlisle Gear


Sale Sharks: Macleod Cueto Tait Thomas Ripol Hodgson Wigglesworth Sheridan Schwalger Roberts Cockbain Schofield Gaskell Seymour Jones


Replacements: Jones Forster Kerr Briggs Tait Cliff Kennedy Bell

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