Nottingham Rugby endured an afternoon to forget at The
Bay as Championship favourites Worcester Warriors were
comprehensive 3-58 winners on Sunday.
The Green and Whites, who came into the match with a depleted
squad due to injury were no match for their opponents who were
superior in every department. While the sides had met three
times already this season, this match was by far the most one sided
and it is a performace that Nottingham will want to chalk off as a
bad day at the office.
Proceedings began brightly enough as Nottingham earned a penalty
with their first foray into the Worcester half. Will Maisey
stepped up confidently to give the home side the lead.
In truth, that was as good as it got for Nottingham as Worcester
quickly cancelled out that score by moving the ball swiftly from
right to left, leaving Ben Howard the easy job of touching down
with a three man overlap. Andy Symons missed the conversion
making the score 3-5.
Worcester quickly extended their lead when a fine passing move
sent Max Stelling through to evade one tackle on the right before
dotting down behind the posts. Symons landed his conversion
this time to make it 3-12.
The visitors demonstrated the professional way in which they
were approaching the game when they chose to kick for goal when
awarded a penalty in front of the Nottingham posts. Symons
made no mistake to extend the lead to 3-15.
Stelling added his second try of the game soon afterwards after
an impressive driving lineout from his forwards. The referee
played advantage and Stelling ran a great line to crash over.
Symons again converted to make it 3-22.
Howard then skipped in for his second of the match to secure a
bonus point for Worcester before half time. Symons converted
to make it 3-29 at the break.
Worcester continued in the same vein in a second half that was
very disjointed. Symons began the second half scoring by
adding another penalty to stretch the lead to 3-32.
Scrum half Charlie Mulchrone then took advantage of a bouncing
ball that Nottingham failed to deal with to score his side's fifth
try of the match. Symons added the extras to make it
Mulchrone added his second try soon afterwards after Nottingham
made a mess of a lineout on their own try line. he was the
first to react to touch down while the Nottingham defence stood
looking at each other. Symons maintained his high kicking
accuracy percentage with another conversion to make it 3-46.
A period of Nottingham possession then followed, with a number
of penalties kicked to touch and a short spell of attacking threat
followed. Ultimately, Worcester turned them over and then ran
it clear from their own 22.
Replacement Jonathan Arr got in on the act for the visitors when
he finished off another fine handling move to score his side's
seventh try. Symons added the conversion to make it 3-53.
The final play of the game saw the curiously quiet Tom Biggs get
his name on the scoresheet after a fine cross field kick from fly
half Ryan Mills. Biggs had time to gather and nonchantly
wander over the line before touching down. The conversion
from out wide from Symons hit the post to bring an end to
Worcester thoroughly deserved victory after an impressive
display whereas Nottingham will try to move on quickly ahead of
their match against Yorkshire Carnegie next weekend.