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Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
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- WELCOME to Sixways for Worcester Warriors' first Aviva Premiership fixture of 2013 with Leicester Tigers the visitors.
- Kick-off is 8pm and Warriors will be looking to protect their long unbeaten home record that stretches back to the opening day of the season.
@premrugby @tomguestWN what a loss, pack was moving before ball went in & a Worcester player was on the ball...is this a case of Ref on TV?— @Mikeilloyd 04 January 2013
Omg Richard hill has no balls !! 2scared to speak out against a ref where as cockerill gets rewarded for voicing his opinions on refs #learn— @missgemseb 04 January 2013
Right, let's see what Hilly has to say about that.
You have to feel for Warriors as they played really well tonight, only to be robbed at the death.
Safe to say JP Doyle won't be welcome back in Worcester any time soon...
@tomguestWN great effort by the guys. Great shame that @jpref9 got so many pivotal decisions wrong in the 2nd half and cost us victory— @Bigchap27 04 January 2013
@tomguestWN shocking ref 12 points this season they have cost us and is rugby going soft too— @rugbymaddude 04 January 2013
@tomguestWN best team lost...2 penalty tries from 1st time offences . Robbed by the ref YET Again.whats the video ref there for.shocking.— @Clarke1nil 04 January 2013
FINAL SCORE: Warriors 14-19 Tigers
TRY Tigers! JP Doyle, again, wastes no time in awarding his second penalty try of the night and Tigers will win the game. Harsh on Warriors.
Flood converts and there's only time for Goode to restart and Dan Cole to run the ball out for the final whistle.
Tait breaks and it ends up with Waldrom chipping through for Mafi. Pennell gathers but is collared. 5m scrum to Leicester. 1.23 on the clock...
We've been here before.
Warriors have the ball in the Tigers 22, but they've been turned over!
Warriors batter around the Tigers 22, but the ball is lost forward! Less than 4 mins to go!
Goode launches an aimless up-andunder but Tait, who's probably still seeing stars, spills it. Scrum Warriors on the Tigers 10m line.
Flood fails with the distance again. Still 14-12.
Clash of heads between Pennell and Tait, who ends of covered in blood. Looked accidental to me, so no card, but Flood has a shot at goal from between half-way and the 10m line.
Still 14-12 to Warriors at the minute with less than 9 to go...
Worcester playing amazingly loose at the moment given the state of the game!
Great reply - with interest - from pennell who returns Flood's up-and-under behind Tait and into touch.
The fly-half is off target.
Still Warriors 14-12 Tigers
Warriors come again and JP Doyle turns down a big advantage for Warriors to pull play back for a penalty to the hosts on the Tigers 10m line.
Goode lining up a shot at goal despite having only just got back to his feet after being clattered in a heavy tackle.
Bit scrappy as Alex Grove and Matt Smith get involved ina spat. Warriors were off feet though and Flood clears.
Goode pumps the ball to the corner after Ayerza is penalised on the floor.
Sam Betty penalised for off feet and Flood finds touch near the 22.
Neil Best on for Taulava.
Tigers piling on the pressure now - huge test of Warriors character.
The visitors are penalised for obstruction and Goode clears the penalty into Leicester territory.
Matt Mullan makes a welcome return from injury, on for Ceri Jones.
TRY Tigers! JP Doyle gives Warriors no benefit of the doubt there as a massive Tigers scrum sees the referee under the posts for a penalty try. Flood wastes no time over the conversion.
Warriors 14-12 Tigers
Tigers camped on the Warriors line and it's another penalty. The visitors opt for a scrum and bring on Marcos Ayerza and Dan Cole for it. Not bad replacements.
The Warriors scrum, which has generally been pretty solid, goes down and Flood goes to the corner again. Bold tactic?
Warriors back up to 15 as Andy Goode returns.
The big man is back to his feet and ok to continue.
Break in play while Taulava gets treatment to his knee.
Pennell misses again. He really should have made both of those kicks.
Another chance for Pennell as Tigers are penalised for dragging the maul down.
Pennell hits the left-hand post and Hamilton hurries a clearance out inside his own 22.
Jonny Arr makes a half-break and Tigers are then penalised for off-side. Chirs Pennell to have a shot at goal.
The players are back out, here comes the second-half. Warriors down to 14 for next 10 minutes. Pennell gets us under way.
The Leicester try-scorer at the death was Scott Hamilton, sent in by Mat Tait.
HALF-TIME: After all that, the try stands but it was unconverted and the penalty was missed.
Warriors 14-5 Tigers
Short of distance again. Bizarre end to the half!
The try stands, but the referee was checking Andy Goode's use of the knee in trying to stop the try. The replay results in Goode being yellow-carded.
Flood's conversion is short of the posts, but with the clock dead, it's a penalty for the yellow card offence so Flood has a chance from half-way.
TRY Tigers! or is it? Touch-judge speaks to JP Doyle, who goes to the TMO.
Leicester steal the line-out but Ronb Hawkins knocks on, however JP Doyle was playing penalty advantage. Flood goes to the corner this time.
Flood's effort comes up well short and is passed to Jonny Arr by Alex Grove, but the scrum-half panics and his clearance is poor. Leicester attack, but lose the ball into touch.
Warriors scrum eventually goes down under pressure from Leicester and Flood opts to go for the posts.
Five minutes to go until the break and, while there is a long time to go still in this match, Warriors could not have dreamt of a better start. Richard Hill's men lead 14-0 against third-placed Tigers.
Castrogiovanni is back on now, so back to 15-a-side.
Sam Betty turns over Leicester's seven-man scrum and Warriors go again with Josh Drauniniu breaking at speed.
However, a huge tackle from Logovi'i Mulipola on Aleki Lutui forces Warriors to go in at the side. Flood kicks to touch but the line-out's not straight.
Bowden pops the ball to Waldrom, but he's well tackled and Kvesic is over the ball to win a holding on penalty.
Great strike from Goodey this time, straight over.
Warriors 14-0 Tigers
And now a penalty to Warriors as Tom Croft is guilty of pulling down at the line-out.
Play is stopped for a while as JP DOyle looks at a replay of something. Didn't see it myself, but the nett result is a yellow card for Martin Castrogiovanni and a line-out to Warriors 35m out.
Bit of a scrappy contact from Goode, but the ball goes between the posts nonetheless.
Warriors 11-0 Tigers
Another chance for Warriors to extend their lead as Castrogiovanni is hit for not releasing Aleki Lutui in the tackle.
Warriors probe again, but Percy spills the ball. Instead of attacking, Mat Tait kicks for touch and slices it out near the 22.
Impressive start from Warriors, who are asking questions of Tigers. Goodey looking up for this one and playing nice and flat to the line.
Lovely break from Clarke in the build-up to the try too.
TRY Warriors! A lovely move from the Warriors brings the game's opening try. Kvesic made the initial break, spinning out of a tackle, before Jon Clarke dummied through a gap and found the supporting Chris Pennell, who sent David Lemi diving over in the corner. Andy Goode narrowly misses the conversion.
Warriors 8-0 Tigers
Leicester win the line-out, but penalised for obstruction.
Strong scrum by Tigers wins a penalty just inside the Warriors half. Flood puts it to touch 10m out.
The former Leicester man makes no mistake.
Warriors 3-0 Tigers
Tom Croft hit for not rolling away, first chance for points on the board as Goode lines up the posts from 30m, bang in front.
Good spell of possession from Warriors, but they ultimately run out of ideas. Still, good that they are taking the game to Leicester.
Scott Hamilton hits the crash ball 8m out, but is wrapped up well and hiot for holding on.
Flood just clears David Lemi's head with a penalty to the corner after Semisi Taualava went in at the side.
Toby Flood gets us under way. Tigers attacking the South Stand.
The Leicester Tigers players are out on the pitch, here come the Warriors to the strains of ACDC's Back in Black.
Lancaster wouldn't appreciate that...
Would tweet a pic of Stuart Lancaster like @tomguestWN has just done - but camera won't stretch around his belly.— @martin_crowson 04 January 2013
Never one to miss a trick, @braddersatbbc lands an impromptu interview with the England boss. http://t.co/X7QPNpFb— @tomguestWN 04 January 2013
Andy Goode just out on the field practicing his drop-goals. Missed eight out of eight. Hopefully, he's got those out of his system now!
@tomguestWN Guesty give us a wave, Guesty, Guesty give us a wave! #warriors— @stephpreeceWN 04 January 2013
A fool and his money...?!
@tomguestWN @powelly82 @bichardchris I would too! Have money on Tigers winning 1/2 time us to win full time 9/1 ;-)— @Phill_Mason 04 January 2013
I'd go for Leicester by 6, Naz!
@tomguestWN whats the weather like?thinking of having a punt— @lukenarraway 04 January 2013
Here's a couple of Warriors articles for you to have a look at before the big game kicks-off.
RT @Propster1: @tomguestWN Face it, no one gives us a chance. But I have a funny feeling we might be surprised. Tigers returning stars will be nervous.....— @tomguestWN 04 January 2013
@tomguestWN If we exploit their nerves who knows? Looking forward to being at Sixways for a change. #ComeOnYouWarriors!— @Propster1 04 January 2013
Just over half-an-hour to kick-off here at Sixways and the team's are as announced yesterday.