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Worcester Warriors 43 vs Nottingham 22 - Match Report

A brave effort from Nottingham was not enough to prevent them going down to another cup defeat as Worcester cruised to a 43-22 win at Sixways.

Both clubs sent out strong sides and although the hosts generally had the better of things, the Green and Whites did well to frustrate them for long periods.

And when they did have chances to attack they caused their opponents plenty of problems.

Nottingham winger Liam O'Neil opened the scoring with a try in the 13th minute after some impressive work from the backs, but Ryan Lamb slotted over a penalty minutes later to make it 3-5 midway through the first half.

Dan Mugford increased the lead with a penalty but Warriors' first try soon followed as their strong pack kept them inside the Nottingham 22 for a long spell, prop Val Rapava-Ruskin eventually getting over the line and Lamb converting for a 10-8 lead on 37 minutes.

The stubborn Nottingham defence had done well in the face of mounting pressure but that try seemed to knock the stuffing out of them and they conceded a second try before the break as centre Max Stelling crossed, following a good offload, with Lamb again on target with the conversion to make it 17-8 at half time.

As Worcester's dominance increased they soon added a third, winger Sam Smith crossing and Lamb again on target with the conversion.

But Nottingham fought back well and deservedly forced a penalty try when one of their best attacks of the game was stopped illegally. Mugford converted to bring it back to 24-15.

Within a minute though Warriors cancelled out that score as Sam Betty charged down a Nottingham clearance and gathered the ball to touch down, Lamb making it 31-15 with the conversion.

Another impressive attack from Nottingham brought a try for replacement Jon Vickers in a move which saw Worcester reduced to 14 men, with Mugford making it 31-22 with the conversion.

But their challenge faded over the last ten minutes or so and Warriors stretched further ahead with a second try from Betty, converted by replacement Andy Symonds , who then ran in Worcester's sixth try of the day in the closing minutes.