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Fortey gives Warriors a headache

Chris Fortey
Chris Fortey got a rare start for Worcester at Edgeley Park

Warriors coach Clive Griffiths says hooker Chris Fortey's impressive form against Sale has given him a selection headache for Friday's Newcastle game.

Regular hooker Aleki Lutui missed last Friday's Premiership clash at Edgeley Park as his wife was giving birth, and Fortey came in and did well.

"Chris battled really hard for the full 80 minutes," Griffiths told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"He did just what we wanted and we'll have to see what happens there."

Lutui has been Warriors first-choice hooker for the whole season, and pulled out of the Pacific Islands side for the birth of his baby.

The Tongan international did put himself forward for the Sale match, but had to drop out at the last minute.

Ironically Matt Powell looks set to start in the scrum-half position for Worcester against Newcastle, after missing games because of his wife giving birth.

Matt Powell
Matt Powell will start against Newcastle

Ryan Powell came into the side and the number nine jersey but he will now miss eight weeks of the season with a knee injury.

Griffiths says it is a chance for Matt Powell to assert his claim as the number one scrum-half at Sixways.

"One man's loss is another mans gain and Matt now has a great chance to show what he can do," Griffiths added.

"His game management is excellent, and we are happy that we have the likes of Johnny Arr and Ben Jones to back him up."

Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons is live on BBC Hereford & Worcester on 104 fm and on line at from 2000 GMT

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see also
Powell sidelined by knee injury
17 Nov 08 |  Worcester
Sale 9-17 Worcester
14 Nov 08 |  English
Fortey extends Worcester contract
28 Feb 07 |  Worcester

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