Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons Preview

Neither side has yet managed to record a Premiership double over the other in the same season.

 

Worcester Warriors are without a win in their last ten matches in the Guinness Premiership – a sequence which has included four draws!

Newcastle Falcons also recorded a 4th draw of the Premiership season at home to London Irish on Saturday, whilst their most recent victory in the competition was 12-6 at London Wasps on 3 January.


Worcester have already beaten Newcastle at Sixways this season: 32-6 in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup on 7 November. The Falcons took the Guinness Premiership encounter the previous week with a 14-3 win at Kingston Park.


Newcastle Falcons have made two personnel changes for Friday night’s Guinness Premiership trip to Worcester Warriors.


No.8 Adam Balding is handed a start against the team he will join in the summer, with a reshuffled back row seeing Peter Browne shift to blindside flanker as Brent Wilson reverts to the openside.


The only other change to the team comes in the backs, with Rob Vickerman replacing the injured Charlie Amesbury for the Sixways clash.


A reshuffled back line sees Springbok Gcobani Bobo shift from outside centre to the left wing, with Vickerman filling the vacated No.13 shirt.


Falcons director of rugby, Steve Bates, said: “We’re expecting a tight game, with two competitive forward packs going at each other.


“We have the two top points scorers in the Guinness Premiership going head to head in Jimmy Gopperth and Willie Walker, both will undoubtedly have a big role to play and there’s every chance it could be a close, exciting game.”


Assessing his side’s injury status, the former England scrum half explained: “Filipo Levi misses out with the calf injury he picked up at Northampton, which just wasn’t quite ready for this week.


“Charlie Amesbury drops out after taking a knock against London Irish early on, but we feel we have plenty of quality to come in and I’m looking forward to the challenge on Friday.


“Worcester will be keen to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Bath and to get themselves away from the bottom part of the league, but for ourselves it’s just a case of wanting to win another big Guinness Premiership game.


“We approach every single match with the same intent to go out and win, it should be a big battle down there and hopefully one that we can come out on top of.”


Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
Date: 26th February 2010
Kick off : 20:00
Venue : Sixways
Referee: Chris White (171st Premiership game)


Teams


Worcester Warriors


To follow.


Newcastle Falcons


15 Alex Tait , 14 Danny Williams , 13 Rob Vickerman , 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu , 11 Gcobani Bobo , 10 Jimmy Gopperth , 9 Micky Young,1 Jon Golding , 2 Rob Vickers , 3 Carl Hayman (captain) , 4 James Hudson , 5 Tim Swinson , 6 Peter Browne , 7 Brent Wilson , 8 Adam Balding


Replacements:16 Alex Walker , 17 Micky Ward , 18 Grant Shiells , 19 Mark Sorenson , 20 Will Welch , 21 Hall Charlton , 22 Rob Miller , 23 Tom Biggs

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