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Worcester Warriors 34-11 Plymouth Albion

Dale Rasmussen
Dale Rasmussen took his tally of tries for Worcester Warriors to 16

Centre Dale Rasmussen scored two tries as Worcester Warriors beat Plymouth Albion in the British & Irish Cup.

Rasmussen went over for an opening minute score and Tom Arscott followed suit to give Warriors an early lead.

Second-half scores from Rasmussen, a bonus point effort from Oriol Ripol and a first senior try from Nile Dacres ensured Worcester took maximum points.

Robin Copeland scored in the corner for Albion to reduce the deficit but it was a mere consolation.

Worcester's second win in three games maintains their interest in a top two group finish in this season's British & Irish Cup, leaving them fourth in Pool A.

But, ahead of their midweek trip north to Edinburgh to face second-placed Currie on 8 February (1930 GMT), they are in touch with the top two, with games in hand.

Albion's third successive defeat leaves them pointless at the bottom.

Warriors academy manager Andrew Stanley told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"There was a sticky bit in the middle, either side of half-time but Plymouth are a difficult side to play against, especially with the way they defend.

"They are competitive up front and it is difficult to get quick ball against them.

"Fortunately for us, we were able to do that on enough occasions and were clinical enough to put the tries away."

Worcester Warriors: Walker; Arscott, Grove, Rasmussen, Ripol; Carlisle, Williams; C Black, Shervington, Taumoepeau; Bowley, Clutterbuck; Freeman, Kvesic, Balding.

Replacements: Radburn, McCarthy, Dacres, Hill, Dudley, King, Short.

Plymouth Albion: Lee; McLoughlin, Mercer, Fisilau, Mitchell; Hallett (capt), Kessell; Porter, Freestone, Morton; Copeland, Hotson; Sprangle, Matavesi, Hocking.

Replacements: Cushion, Davies, Tu'ipulotu, Hopkins, Carpenter, Skelding, Stephen.

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