Nottingham Rugby lost 55-16 at Sixways as the Worcester
Warriors ran in nine tries in a dominant display of attacking
The Green and Whites were the better side for the majority of
the first half, but an extended break due to an injury took the
momentum away from them and they conceded three tries in quick
After the break, two Will Maisey penalties brought Nottingham
back to within a score, even with Toby Freeman in the sin
bin. Eventually though, Worcester's superior strength in
depth told and they began to run away with the match.
The home side finished with nine tries, including a stunning
hat-trick from former Bath winger Tom Biggs. Nottingham lost
makeshift prop, Jon Vickers to the sin bin which provided
uncontested scrums for a spell and Worcester took full
Full match report by Andi Starr
A second successive heavy defeat saw the Green and Whites slip
down the Championship table as Worcester Warriors ran in nine tries
for a 55-16 win.
It was certainly an improvement on the poor showing against
Jersey a week earlier, and they did well to stay in touch for
almost an hour, particularly in an entertaining first half. But in
the end they were no match for a Worcester side determined to
regain their Premiership status.
It was Nottingham who took the lead when Ed Styles chased a
grubber kick from Will Maisey, who converted for a 7-nil lead but
then missed a straightforward penalty chance.
A lengthy injury stoppage eventually saw Warriors' Mike Williams
stretchered off, and it took the home side a while to get back into
Winger Tom Biggs eased their nerves when he intercepted a pass
in his own 22 and raced the length of the pitch to get his side's
A Maisey penalty made it 5-10 before centre Max Stelling brushed
aside a couple of defenders and touched down in the corner to level
the scores four minutes later.
In an end-to-end first half Nottingham had done well to hold the
home side out until the closing minutes. But more suspect defending
allowed full back Ben Howard to take play into their 22 before
sending scrum half Jonny Arr in for a clear run to the posts to
take the lead, Eden making it 17-10 with the conversion.
A second from Biggs on the stroke of half time, also converted
by Eden, gave Warriors a 12 point lead, although there was just
time for Maisey to add a second penalty to make it 22-13 at the
The Nottingham did well under heavy pressure in the opening
minutes of the second half as the home side drove strongly from a
close range lineout, and when they finally cleared their lines they
managed to force another penalty for Maisey to make it 22-16.
But following a yellow card for Toby Freeman the Worcester pack,
rejuvenated following a string of replacements, took control and
prop Rapava Ruskin drove over on the hour to end any hopes
Nottingham may have had of gaining a surprise bonus point.
A penalty try soon followed after an illegal challenge on Biggs
and suddenly the Green and Whites found themselves 20 points adrift
and struggling to hold on.
A couple of spells with uncontested scrums, following injuries
to Nottingham's front row, didn't stem the tide and after tries
from Sam Smith and a second from Stelling it was Biggs who got the
ninth and final try in the last minute to complete his hat trick,
Mieres converting to give Worcester a 55-15 win.