Worcester Warriors


Rugby U


Here's your teams, then. Gloucester shuffle a couple of places on the bench, but their starters are unchanged – a clear statement that they feel they can be better than last week's closing stretch. Worcester's major changes are to the pack, with the particularly welcome return of former Irish international Donncha O'Callaghan.

Roddy Graham

That's a lovely graphic. Home made is it?

Charles Wheeler

Afraid I've borrowed it from the Prem Rugby Facebook, but I could create something not dissimilar if I accepted an assignment more than an hour in advance once in a while!

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We're off! The early exchanges see Gloucester grab a penalty, which Billy Burns boots to the Worcester 22.

And another from the lineout, in kickable range. Laidlaw having some trouble keeping the ball steady in the wind... but he pops it over, and Gloucester take an easy early lead.

TRY GLOUCESTER? Worcester free kick from a scrum, ball goes loose, and Gloucester regather to put Sharples over in the corner! TMO checking for a knock-on in the tackle by Twelvetrees...

No knock on, checking the grounding... an argument for Sharples having been held in a tackle before the finish...

NO TRY. Tackle on Sharples was complete, penalty Worcester.

Or they had all the momentum until that! Ball goes loose in the Gloucester backline, both sides chase it all the way down the pitch, and Henry Purdy gets tackled back over his own line to give Worcester a 5m scrum! Huge chance for the Warriors!


Incisive break by Arr off a dominant scrum, then a lovely pass back inside from a Warriors man whose number I didn't catch to send Te'o crashing over for his first Worcester try. Tremendous stuff. Time off while Lamb gets coconut bits out of his contact lens. He pulls the conversion wide anyway.

TRY WORCESTER! Hint of one forward pass but every other one was a cracker. Superb stuff.