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Nottingham 3 vs Worcester Warriors 58 - Match Report

Nottingham Rugby endured an afternoon to forget at The Bay as Championship favourites Worcester Warriors were comprehensive 3-58 winners on Sunday.


Worcester Match Report League 2015

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 3-39.

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 proceedings.

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.