Worcester whitewash Newcastle Falcons

Worcester Warriors boosted their Guinness Premiership survival hopes with a solid 13-0 win over Newcastle Falcons at Sixways Stadium on Friday night.


The opening half saw few scoring opportunities as both defences remained organised, but Worcester were able to take a six-point lead into the break.


Willie Walker provided the hosts’ points with two penalty kicks in the 16th and 32nd minutes of play, before Warriors winger Chris Pennell failed to extend the lead as he missed his three-pointer five minutes before half-time.


The match’s subdued state continued for most of the second period as the Warriors’ defence kept their discipline and completely shut out the Falcons.


The first try of the match finally came in the 73rd minute as Worcester substitute Will Bowley crashed over the try-line, before Walker added the extras as the hosts cruised to victory.


The win moves Worcester up to 10th place on the table, five points clear of last-placed Leeds Carnegie, while Newcastle could still be dragged into a relegation battle as they are only three points above the Warriors.


Final Score Worcester 13 Newcastle 0


Scorers


Worcester
Tries – Bowley
Pen – Walker (2)
Con – Walker


Newcastle

Teams


Worcester: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Chris Pennell, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Willie Walker, 9 Johnny Arr, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Pat Sanderson, 6 Chris Cracknell, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Rob Rawlinson, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Adam Black.


Replacements: 16 Matt Mullan, 17 Chris Fortey, 18 Olivier Sourgens, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Ryan Powell, 22 Matthew Jones, 23 Rico Gear.


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


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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