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Worcester Warriors v Perpignan
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- WELCOME to a freezing cold Sixways for tonight's crunch Amlin Challenge Cup clash between Worcester Warriors and French giants Perpignan (7.45pm).
- The outcome of tonight's meeting will go a long way to deciding which side progresses from pool two and into the competition's quarter-final stage.
- Both teams have claimed the maximum 10 points on offer from their opening two fixtures and have named power-packed line-ups for tonight's contest.
FULL-TIME: Warriors claim an important 22-21 victory over Perpignan here at Sixways.
Great result for the Worcester boys in terrible conditions - showed real battling spirit there.
......but it's well wide and Warriors win!
James Hook goes for the drop-goal........
With four seconds left on the clock, the ball goes loose and Perpignan win a scrum....
Scrum Worcester from the re-start....don't concede a penalty!
78mins: Goodey makes no mistake!
Warriors 22-21 Perpignan
Two and a half minutes left and Andy Goode should put Warriors back ahead...
Great defence from Perpignan, but they've been penalised in front of the posts!
Warriors battering the Perpignan line now.
Ceri Jones back from the bin and Taulava comes back on for O'Donnell.
Pennell fielded a high ball superbly, but was taken out in the air terribly by Adrien Plante, who is sin-binned.
Ten minutes left and Warriors are trailing 21-19. Conditions are absolutely awful.
66mins: Goode stops the rot with the penalty.
Warriors 19-21 Perpignan
Warriors win a penalty at the re-start as Perpignan are hit for blocking.
64mins: Warriors are again under huge pressure at the scrum and the referee awards a penalty try, which Hook converts.
Warriors 16-21 Perpignan
Another scrum penalty against Warriors and Ceri Jones is sin-binned. Rob O'Donnell coming on for the set-piece in place of Semisi Taulava. Tough times for Warriors.
Another penalty to Perpignan as the Warriors scrum goes down.
No try! Five-metre scrum to Perpignan.
TMO time again - could be a try for Perpignan
57mins: Hook misses a chance to put his side ahead after Warriors were penalised at a scrum.
Warriors 16-14 Perpignan
53mins: Henry Tuilagi carries the ball deep into the 22 and Neil Best, for some reason, goes flying over the top of the ruck to tackle the scrum-half, earning himself a yellow card and allowing Hook to pull back three more points.
Warriors 16-14 Perpignan
Twice in quick succession Perpiganan have won the put-in as Hodgson has taken too long to get the ball away from a ruck.
46mins: The former Osprey fly-half adds three points with a fine strike from a metre from the touchline.
Warriors 16-11 Perpignan
TAumalolo has returned from the sin bin and Perpignan have just won a penalty at the line-out, but it was behind the pillar, so I didn't see what for!
Hook is going for the posts.
David Lemi breaks out of defence for Warriors and kicks ahead. Perpignan are struggling to clear, but Worcester are hit for not releasing in the tackle.
James Hook gets the second-half underway. Can Warriors maintain their lead?
@tomguestWN Euan Murray is a very worthwhile addition to Warriors. Making a huge impact.— @PageAndrewJ 06 December 2012
Happy journos on the press bench... @geoffberkeley @tomguestWN http://t.co/U32SoehI— @CandsP 06 December 2012
HALF-TIME: Euan Murray led a first-half demolition job on the Perpignan pack as Warriors battered their way to a 16-8 interval lead.
The Scotland international gave Sona Taumalolo a torrid time in the set-pieces as the visitors conceded a string of penalties, before their Tongan loosehead was sin-binned on 32 minutes.
Andy Goode has scored all of Worcester's points with three penalties, a try and a conversion. Welsh fly-half James Hook added a drop-goal to scrum-half Florian Cazenave's try.
Perpignan finally come to life and press up to the Warriors 22, where James Hook opts to drop a goal to get points on the board before the break.
Warriors 16-8 Perpignan
Bit more handbags. Lovely stuff.
35mins: TRY Warriors! After consultation with the TMO, Goode is awarded the try and he adds the simple extras to his own score.
Warriors 16-5 Perpignan
Looked like the ref signalled Goode was held up, but he has actually asked the TMO to check it.
Warriors are rampant now and Nikki Walker and Matt Kvesic both make inroads, before Andy Goode surges for the line, but the fly-half is just held up.
Warriors drive at the heart of the Perpignan defence once again and Andy Goode tries a quick drop-goal, but his effort is way off target.
More problems for Perpignan at the scrum leads to another penalty for Warriors and referee Neil Hennessy has had enough this time. Loosehead Sona Taumololo is sent to the sin bin for collapsing the scrum. The big prop needs treatment first, though.
Andy Goode finds Nikki Walker on the crash ball, but Warriors are hit for crossing and Hook boots to touch.
27mins: The former England man once again is on target.
Warriors 9-5 Perpignan
Another incomplete scrum. This time it ends in a penalty to Worcester and Goode is going for goal again.
The line-out's not straight and after a brief Warriors attack, play is brought back for a scrum to the hosts.
Chris Pennell cooly claims a mark, before launching a huge clearance that bounces into touch inside the Perpignan 22.
As is often the case these days, the scrums are proving to be a real mess. Something needs to be done.
Warriors do well to steal Perpignan line-out ball, but scrum-half Paul Hodgson box-kick's out on the full to hand back the advantage.
17mins: TRY Perpignan! The visitors make inroads into Warriors territory with some bnig carries from the likes of number eight Henry Tuilagi. Scrum-half Florian Cazenave then switches the direction of play to James Hook, who finds Adrien Plante. Big second row Romain Taofifenua takes the ball on and produces a brilliant off-load to Cazenave, who dots down in the corner.
Hook misses the conversion.
Warriors 6-5 Perpignan
@tomguestWN where are all the fans!?— @AndyWarren_ 06 December 2012
Not sure what the touch judge saw there, but it resulted in a penalty to the visitors, which Hook launched to touch.
Warriors knock-on from the re-start, but win another penalty at the scrum on Perpignan ball. Impressive start from the home pack.
9mins: Goode makes it two kicks from two with a well-struck effort from wide left.
Warriors 6-0 Perpignan
Congratulations being directed Euan Murray's way as the Warriors tighthead wins a penalty from Sona Taumalolo on Perpignan's put-in.
Plenty of handling errors from both sides already, which isn't surprising given the conditions.
Perpignan re-start out on the full...
4mins: Andy Goode takes his time over the kick, but is on target.
Warriors 3-0 Perpignan
Perpignan look to drive the ball out of defence, but are penalised on the floor, sparking an early bout of handbags.
The nett result is Andy Goode has a shot at goal.
@willmoule @tomguestWN Allez Wooooztere!— @Joelieboy 06 December 2012
James Hook under early pressure as the Welshman juggles a pass back to him and has to take the contact. Perpignan only just clear to their 22.
Right, we're off - Andy Goode kicks-off, Warriros attacking the North Stand end.
The players are taking to the field.....to be greeted by a timely downpour.
With a typically-Gallic disregard for English rules and regulations, one of the travelling Perpignan has just sparked up a Gauloise in front of me. Smokescreen.
Right, we've relocated from the cosy tea and sandwiches of the press box to the Arctic-like press bench.....
Kick-off is five minutes away and can't come soon enough!
RT @AndyGoode10: Just stopped off at the services to get a coffee on the way to the game and saw our referee for tonight crowing down a McDonalds!! #pro— @tomguestWN 06 December 2012
RT @Magicsteffo7: Good luck to @Deanschof @joshmatavesi @paulhodgson9 tonight against perpignon— @tomguestWN 06 December 2012
Not sure the conditions tonight will be ideal for much running rugby from either side, but it should be an interesting contest nontheless.
Looking at the team-sheets, it is all set for a big forwards battle with both teams opting to name some big men in the pack.
The game also sees the return to Worcester of former King's School Worcester pupil Luke Narraway, who starts at openside for Perpignan.
Tonight's @WorcsWarriors v @usap_officiel team-sheet: http://t.co/NQ8H1iAy— @tomguestWN 06 December 2012