Lamb boots Worcester to Stade Rochelais win

Ryan Lamb kicked 14 points for Worcester

Ryan Lamb helped to get Worcester Warriors to a 19-3 victory over Stade Rochelais at Sixways stadium in Pool 4 of the European Challenge Cup.

Worcester scored the only try of the match when Ben Howard scored and Lamb converted the try and also kicked four penalties for a total of 14 of Worcester’s 19 points.

Stade Rochelais could only score a first half penalty in the contest.

Seasoned campaigner Ryan Lamb gave the Warriors the perfect start with two penalties in the opening 10 minutes to give his side a six points cushion, but La Rochelle hit back with a kick of their own from Charles Bouldoir a minute later.

Lamb added a third penalty just before the break to leave the home side 12-3 to the good, but it took them a further 37 minutes before they could relax. La Rochelle remained in the hunt right to the death, when full back Ben Howard crossed for the only try of the game.

Up until then it had been a tense affair with Bouldoir missing a second penalty and the French visitors failing to take full advantage of a yellow card picked up by Warriors’ replacement prop Gareth Milasinovich in the 56th minute. The home side’s resolve to keep their line intact during that difficult 10 minute period shone through and they regrouped at the end.

Howard’s try was converted by Lamb and victory was complete. The Warriors now move on to play Zebre in Italy next weekend in Pool 4.

Final Score Worcester Warriors 19 (12) Stade Rochelais 3 (3)

Scorers

Worcester Warriors
Tries – Howard
Pen – Lamb 4
Con – Lamb
Drop –

Stade Rochelais
Tries –
Pen – Bouldoire
Con –
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Nigel Correll (Ireland),
Assistant ref: Brian MacNeice (Ireland),
Citing Commissioner: Gordon Black (Ireland)

Teams

Worcester Warriors: Ben Howard; Tom Biggs, Max Stelling, Ravai Fatiaki, Dean Hammond; Ryan Lamb, Charlie Mulchrone (c); Ryan Bower, Ben Sowrey, Joe Rees, Tevita Cavubati , Darren O’Shea, Sam Betty, Carl Kirwan, Matt Cox

Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Gareth Milasinovich, Mike Daniels, Dan Sanderson , Nial Annett, JB Bruzulier, Ryan Mills, Perry Humphreys

La Rochelle : Benjamin Lapeyre; Alexander Northam, Elliot Roudil, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Martin Carre; Charles Bouldoire, Ricky Januarie; Thomas Synaeghel, Maxime Gau, Vincent Pelo, Damien Lagrange, Leo Cedaro, Romana Graham, Benoit Guyot, Zeno Kieft (c)

Replacements: Benjamin Geledan, Mike Corbel, Gagi Bazadze, Jone Qovu Nailiko, Romain Sazy, Jules Lebail, Fabien Fortassin, Malietoa Hingano

With thanks to EPCRugby

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