Worcester too Goode for struggling Sale Sharks

Former England star Andy Goode scored a try and kicked 13 points as Worcester inflicted more misery on winless Sale with a 23-16 victory at Sixways on Friday.

Goode’s 18 points included the decisive try 12 minutes from full-time and Sale, who have now lost seven successive Premiership matches this season, are still searching for a first league win since April.

The Sharks at least doubled their Premiership points tally thanks to a losing bonus after they matched Worcester on tries, with wing Mark Cueto and full-back Nick Macleod both touching down.

Fly-half Danny Cipriani added two penalties, but Worcester snatched the win after Goode’s late touchdown followed a scintillating effort from Warriors’ Samoan wing David Lemi.

Goode, the second highest points scorer in Premiership history behind Charlie Hodgson, was the decisive factor as much for his goalkicking as his try.

The former Leicester star kicked three penalties and two conversions and although Sale spent the final moments camped close to the Worcester line they couldn’t breakdown the hosts’ defence.

Final Score Worcester 23 Sale Sharks 16

Tries: Goode, Lemi
Cons: Goode 2
Pens: Goode 3

Tries: Cueto, Macleod
Pens: Cipriani 2

Match Officials
Greg Garner (38th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Ashley Rowden.


Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell , 14 Errie Claassens , 13 Alex Grove , 12 Josh Matavesi , 11 David Lemi , 10 Andy Goode , 9 Paul Hodgson , 1 Matt Mullan (c) , 2 Aleki Lutui , 3 John Andress , 4 James Percival , 5 Craig Gillies , 6 Sam Betty , 7 Matt Kvesic , 8 Semisi Taulava

Replacements:16 Ed Shervington , 17 Ceri Jones , 18 James Currie , 19 Dean Schofield , 20 Chris Jones , 21 Jonny Arr , 22 Joe Carlisle , 23 Ravai Fatiaki

Sale Sharks: 15.Nick Macleod, 14.Tom Brady, 13.Johnny Leota, 12.Sam Tuitupou, 11.Mark Cueto, 10.Danny Cipriani, 9.Cillian Willis, 1.Ross Harrison, 2.Tommy Taylor, 3.Tony Buckley, 4.Richie Gray, 5.Fraser McKenzie, 6.Richie Vernon, 7.David Seymour (capt.), 8.Andy Powell

Replacements: 16.Joe Ward, 17.Eifion Lewis-Roberts, 18.Vadim Cobilas, 19.Kearnan Myall, 20.James Gaskell, 21.Nathan Fowles, 22.Rob Miller, 23.Will Addison

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