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Worcester Warriors 55 vs Nottingham 16 - Match Report

Nottingham Rugby lost 55-16 at Sixways as the Worcester Warriors ran in nine tries in a dominant display of attacking rugby.

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 succession.

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 advantage.

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 their stride.

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 first points.

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 break.

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.