LiveWorcester Warriors v Perpignan

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

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Summary

  • 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.

9:44pm

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.

9:43pm

......but it's well wide and Warriors win!

9:42pm

James Hook goes for the drop-goal........

9:41pm

With four seconds left on the clock, the ball goes loose and Perpignan win a scrum....

9:40pm

Scrum Worcester from the re-start....don't concede a penalty!

9:39pm

78mins: Goodey makes no mistake!

Warriors 22-21 Perpignan

9:39pm

Two and a half minutes left and Andy Goode should put Warriors back ahead...

9:38pm

Great defence  from Perpignan, but they've been penalised in front of the posts!

9:36pm

Warriors battering the Perpignan line now.

9:34pm

Ceri Jones back from the bin and Taulava comes back on for O'Donnell.

9:33pm

Pennell fielded a high ball superbly, but was taken out in the air terribly by Adrien Plante, who is sin-binned.

9:29pm

Ten minutes left and Warriors are trailing 21-19. Conditions are absolutely awful.

9:23pm

66mins: Goode stops the rot with the penalty.

Warriors 19-21 Perpignan

9:22pm

Warriors win a penalty at the re-start as Perpignan are hit for blocking.

9:21pm

64mins: Warriors are again under huge pressure at the scrum and the referee awards a penalty try, which Hook converts.

Warriors 16-21 Perpignan

9:20pm

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.

9:17pm

Another penalty to Perpignan as the Warriors scrum goes down.

9:14pm

No try! Five-metre scrum to Perpignan.

9:13pm

TMO time again - could be a try for Perpignan

9:11pm

57mins: Hook misses a chance to put his side ahead after Warriors were penalised at a scrum.

Warriors 16-14 Perpignan

9:06pm

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

9:02pm

Twice in quick succession Perpiganan have won the put-in as Hodgson has taken too long to get the ball away from a ruck.

8:59pm

46mins: The former Osprey fly-half adds three points with a fine strike from a metre from the touchline.

Warriors 16-11 Perpignan

8:58pm

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.

8:53pm

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.

8:52pm

James Hook gets the second-half underway. Can Warriors maintain their lead?

8:46pm

Indeed, he took Taumalolo apart in the first-half.
 

8:43pm

Hmmmm...

 

8:43pm

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.

8:37pm

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

8:32pm

Bit more handbags. Lovely stuff.

8:31pm

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

8:30pm

Looked like the ref signalled Goode was held up, but he has actually asked the TMO to check it.

8:29pm

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.

8:27pm

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.

8:25pm

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. 

8:21pm

Andy Goode finds Nikki Walker on the crash ball, but Warriors are hit for crossing and Hook boots to touch.

8:18pm

27mins: The former England man once again is on target.

Warriors 9-5 Perpignan

8:17pm

Another incomplete scrum. This time it ends in a penalty to Worcester and Goode is going for goal again.

8:16pm

The line-out's not straight and after a brief Warriors attack, play is brought back for a scrum to the hosts.

8:14pm

Chris Pennell cooly claims a mark, before launching a huge clearance that bounces into touch inside the Perpignan 22.

8:12pm

As is often the case these days, the scrums are proving to be a real mess. Something needs to be done.

8:11pm

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.

8:09pm

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

8:00pm

 

7:59pm

Not sure what the touch judge saw there, but it resulted in a penalty to the visitors, which Hook launched to touch.

7:57pm

Warriors knock-on from the re-start, but win another penalty at the scrum on Perpignan ball. Impressive start from the home pack.

7:56pm

9mins: Goode makes it two kicks from two with a well-struck effort from wide left.

Warriors 6-0 Perpignan

7:55pm

Congratulations being directed Euan Murray's way as the Warriors tighthead wins a penalty from Sona Taumalolo on Perpignan's put-in.

7:54pm

Plenty of handling errors from both sides already, which isn't surprising given the conditions.

7:52pm

Perpignan re-start out on the full...

7:51pm

4mins: Andy Goode takes his time over the kick, but is on target.

Warriors 3-0 Perpignan

7:50pm

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.

7:49pm

7:48pm

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.

7:46pm

Right, we're off - Andy Goode kicks-off, Warriros attacking the North Stand end.

7:44pm

The players are taking to the field.....to be greeted by a timely downpour.

7:42pm

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.

7:40pm

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!

7:18pm

 

 

7:17pm

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.

7:16pm

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