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Six-try Worcester book their play-off semi-final berth

Andy Goode
Andy Goode scored an interception try for the Warriors

Worcester Warriors ran in six tries to eventually comfortably see off stubborn Nottingham resistance in their play-off match at Sixways.

Despite Warriors outscoring Nottingham by three tries to one, the visitors were still in touch at the interval.

Craig Gillies, Adam Balding scored early tries for Warriors with Joe Carlisle adding one conversion

But Alex Shaw hit back for Nottingham before the break with James Alridge added the conversion to make it 12-7.

Miles Benjamin then raced away for a third Worcester try with Carlisle adding the extra points to give Worcester a healthy 19-7 lead.

Nottingham kept in touch with Alridge kicking a penalty just before the interval and then adding a further three points nine minutes into the second half to close the gap to 19-13.

But any thoughts of an upset were soon dispelled as Carlisle added two further penalties of his own to open up a 25-13 lead for the Warriors.

The fly-half was then replaced by the former England star Andy Goode and Warriors upped their game in the final quarter to run in three further tries.

Scrum-half Jonny Arr, Matt Kvesic and Goode himself all crossed the Nottingham line with Goode adding two conversions as Warriors finally shook off the Nottingham challenge.

In a feisty game, there were three yellow cards with Worcester's Graham Kitchener and Nottingham's skipper Craig Hammonds both sin-binned following a lineout incident.

The Warriors centre Dale Rasmussen also spent 10 minutes in the bin following an off the ball incident.


Worcester head coach Richard Hill told BBC Hereford and Worcester: "At half-time we were three tries to one up but we had tried a different strategy and there were glimpses of it today so I was pleased with that.

"But there were a few too many inaccuracies there - we were missing touch kicks and there were too many knock-ons in the first half.

"We get a little bit excited when we get towards the line and we have just got to make sure that when we get near the opposition's 22 we come away with points."



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