Worcester Warriors end losing streak against Exiles

Worcester Warriors won their first Premiership match of the season when they beat London Irish 35-11 at Sixways on Friday.


Irish took the early initiative, as Ofisa Treviranus dotted down in the corner, and although Steven Shingler missed his conversion attempt, he made amends by slotting home a penalty goal minutes later.


Worcester reduced the deficit halfway into the first period, as Aleki Lutui drove over for Andy Goode to convert.


The Exiles’ Sailosi Tagicakibau was yellow carded on the half hour, allowing Goode the opportunity to regain the lead for Worcester with his second kick of the game, giving the home side a 10-8 lead.


The Warriors’ fly-half stretched the lead again with two more penalties, as Shingler added one of his own, before missing the opportunity to keep up with the home side, as he kicked wide from the half-way line.


Irish indiscipline at the breakdown led to Jamie Gibson’s sin-binning on the hour, and with the numerical advantage once more, David Lemi dotted down in the corner after being set up by Chris Pennell, and although Goode’s kicking had been impressive all night, his conversion attempt hit the post.


Leading 21-11 going in to the last ten minutes, the Warriors pinned their visitors back inside their own half.


That pressure told with three minutes left on the clock, a converted Semisi Taulava try confirming the win, while Jon Clarke earned the try-scoring bonus point, and with Goode adding the extras once more, it made up for a convincing win for the Sixways men.


Final Score Worcester 35 (10) London Irish 11 (8)


Scorers


Worcester Warriors
Tries: Lutui, Lemi, Taulava, Jones
Penalties: Goode 2
Conversions: Goode 3


London Irish
Tries: Tagicakibau
Penalties: Shingler 2


Match Officials
Referee:
Wayne Barnes (109th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Stuart Terheege.


Teams


Warriors


15 Chris Pennell , 14 Nikki Walker , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Josh Matavesi , 11 David Lemi , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Matt Kvesic, 7 Sam Betty , 6 Chris Jones , 5 Dean Schofield (c) , 4 James Percival, 3 John Andress, 2 Aleki Lutui ,1 Matt Mullan


Replacements , 16 Ollie Hayes , 17 Ceri Jones , 18 James Currie , 19 Craig Gillies , 20 Semisi Taulava , 21 Ollie Frost , 22 Joe Carlisle , 23 Jon Clarke


London Irish


15. Tom Homer, 14. Marland Yarde, 13. Jonathan Joseph , 12. Steven Shingler, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Ian Humphreys, 9. Tomas O’Leary , 1. Max Lahiff, 2. David Paice , 3. Halani Aulika , 4. Bryn Evans , 5. Matt Garvey, 6. Declan Danaher (Captain), 7. Jamie Gibson, 8. Ofisa Treviranus


Replacements: 16. Shaun Malton, 17. Jerry Yanuyanutawa , 18. Alan Cotter, 19. George Skivington, 20. Alex Gray, 21. Topsy Ojo , 22. Shane Geraghty , 23. Jack Moates

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