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Warriors v Saracens
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- GOOD afternoon and welcome to Sixways for Warriors' final pool game in the LV= Cup with Saracens the visitors.
- With one eye on next weekend's Aviva Premiership trip to Bath, Worcester have named a strong side, while Saracens have fielded a line-up featuring a host of fringe players.
WARRIORS 12-22 SARACENS
Warriors try to finish with a flourish, attacking all the way to the Sarries line, but the visitors are able to hack the ball into touch to bring the final whistle.
Spencer is just wide., 20 seconds left to play.
Couple of minutes left and the Warriors fans are streaming....well trickling....out. They've seen enough and so have I.
Pennell penalised for not releasing this time and Spencer is having another shot at goal.
Lovely strike by the impressive Spencer.
Warriors 12-22 Saracens
James Percival is hit for not releasing asd Warriors struggle to break out of their half. That's the 15th penalty Worcester have conceded today...
Spencer makes no mistake.
Warriors 12-19 Saracens
With a penalty advantage being played, John Smit looks to take on the drop-goal! It's no good, though, so back we go for a penalty by Spencer.
Spencer hits the left hand post, before Andy Short knocks-on as Warriors look to run from deep.
Into the last 10 minutes here at Sixways and Sarries have a chance to extend their lead with a penalty on the Warriors 10m line.
Quick hands by Andy Short and Chris Pennell release Josh Drauniniu again, but he is just hauled down short of the line and Warriors are penalised at the breakdown.
Gillies knocks the ball on at the line-out.
Another penalty to Warriors as Sarries drag down the Worcester rolling maul. Goode puts the ball back into the corner.
Good bit of work by the Worcester back-rowers as they win two penalties in wuick succession on the floor.
Line-out not straight....
Goode drills a penalty to touch inside the Sarries 22. Can Worcester nudge themselves in front from this?
Ben Spencer strokes the ball home.
Warriors 12-16 Saracens
Sarries hit straight back by winning a penalty as Warriors front row pops up.
Josh Drauniniu is on hand to finish off the try his initial break deserved. The winger was released out wide by Chris Pennell, but hauled down just short.
Aleki Lutui, James Percvial, Ceri Jones and Jake Abbott all tried to batter their way over, before Andy Goode chipped back to the left wing for Drauniniu to gather and touch down.
Goode narrowly misses the conversion, so Warriors still trail 13-12.
Richard de Carpentier over the ball well to win a holding on penalty against ben Spencer. Andy Goode launches the penalty to touch just inside the Sarries half.
Sarries have been exclusively in Warriors territory for all of this half so far.
@tomguestWN that must be ur second Tom as the first would surely not have lasted that long! #lloydit— @jammasound 02 February 2013
Big hit from Josh Matavesi on Jamie George forces the Sarries hooker to spill the ball, but Warriors soon return the favour by losing control of the ball.
Fair play to Warriors press officer Ben Mottram for hand delivering two cups of tea to the press bench.
Andy Goode starts the second-half.
The players are just coming out for the second-half. Hopefully, it will be an improvement on the first. In fact, it has to be, because it couldn't be any worse.
The aforementioned balti pie in all its glory!
This balti pie is definitely the highlight of the game so far... http://t.co/XqhHTC9J— @tomguestWN 02 February 2013
Things are looking up - I've got a balti pie! Definitely the highlight of the afternoon so far.
Ben Spencer chips the ball through the posts with the final kick of the first-half.
Penalty against John Andress as the Warriors scrum goes down in front of the posts.
The esteemed Brian Dick, rugby writer for the Birmingham Post, believes this is the worst game he's seen this season. Hard to disagree.
Insipid display by Warriors so far and Richard Hill looks suitably displeased with it down in the sidelines in front of us.
Not the best of games so far, Warriors struggling for any fluency, which is summed up by Jonny Arr knocking on at the base of a ruck.
Sarries' line-out malfunctions, but Ceri Jones knocks on the loose ball.
Warriors look to drive for the line, but James Percival is hit for a double movement.
Haha, the bloke in front of me is not happy with BBC Hereford and Worcester commentator Carson Wishart for just announcing the final score in the Wales-Ireland game as he'd recorded it to watch later...
Warriors have a line-out in the Sarries 22, but the hosts make a mess of it. Luckily, Sarries then knock-on, so Warriors can attack again from a scrum.
The chance evapourates, though, as Blair Cowan knocks the ball on.
Warriors are pressing the Sarries 22 again now. Craig Gillies...., yes Craig Gillies hit the line at pace before they recycled the ball and an outrageous dummy from Josh Matavesi sent Chris Pennell clear, but the ball went forward.
However, referee Tim Wigglesworth was playing advantage and Warriors turn down the posts to kick for touch.
That was reminiscent of Worcester sides of old, with a powerful line-out drive making in-roads, before the pack regrouped and marched the ball over the line.
....and they succeed! Blair Cowan emerges from the bottom of the pile of bodies, having touched down under the posts.
Goode adds the extras.
Warriors 7-10 Saracens
Warriors trying their hardest to force a rolling maul over the line....
Despite Phil Larder having been at Sixways this week for some hardcore defensive sessions, Warriors have already fell off a few tackles. Need to sharpen up.
Scrum-half Ben Spencer slots the simple kick to make it Warriors 0-10 Saracens.
Sarries making all the running so far and they force a penalty on the Warriors 22 after some good off-loading play from the visiting forwards.
Warriors come back with Josh Matavesi getting on the end of Andy Goode's chip over Sarries blitz defence, but the visitors manage to turn the ball over and clear.
Not a great start by Worcester, that.
Saracens create an overlap down the left and number eight Ernst Joubert cuts back inside Jonny Arr's tackle and coasts over for a fairly soft try.
Nils Mordt adds the straightforward conversion.
Warriors 0-7 Saracens
Nils Mordt gets the game under way.
The Sarries players have been out for some time now. Warriors keeping them waiting!
There is a scenario in which @worcswarriors go through today but since it's @tomguestWN sat next to me and not Einstein I can't explain it— @briandick 02 February 2013
In terms of qualification for the semi-finals of the LV= Cup, it is pretty much impossible for Warriors.
I won't go into the various ramifications, but Worcester would basically need to thrash Sarries and for other results to go their way.
Just over five minutes to kick-off here at Sixways. It is a lovely sunny day, but freezing cold!
The pitch looks pretty cut up already, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up through the course of the 80 minutes.
With the Six Nations getting under way today, I'm not expecting a huge crowd here at Sixways.
In fact, I won't lie to you, I'd much rather be sat on my sofa watching England v Scotland this afternoon, but hey the LV= Cup waits for no man!
Here's today's two line-ups: http://t.co/TeWdZVDR— @tomguestWN 02 February 2013