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Warriors v Northampton
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- IT'S crunch time at Sixways this afternoon as Warriors look to get their Aviva Premiership campaign back on track when they host Northampton Saints (3pm).
- Worcester suffered a demoralising 32-9 defeat at Bath last weekend, while Saints were stuffed 27-11 at home by Gloucester, so both teams will be desperate for a win today.
@tomguestWN the frustrating thing is they played well! Plenty of clean breaks, just no finishing power. Silly penalties (eg pull back) again— @Beth_OB 16 February 2013
@padsybear1 @tomguestWN not good up there at the moment. Think we need to replace RH to progress further...— @WelshManc20 16 February 2013
Just waiting for Richard Hill to come to the post-match press conference. Will be interesting to hear what he made of that and Worcester's form in general.
@tomguestWN @worcswarriors I don't think they'll be printable :-/— @wiiaholic 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN sorry, would not be printable this week....— @WelshManc20 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN another game where we played for one half. Gutted again, need a big performance from somewhere #coyw— @followrugger 16 February 2013
@WelshManc20 @tomguestWN am seriously thinking going down the M5 to watch my rugby my first love scored a record last night in the rabo— @padsybear1 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN I'm sure you can predict what people will say - too many penalties, another yellow card, need to take our chances...— @blonderollie 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN @WorcsWarriors @SaintsRugby on recent performances the new sigining must be wondering what they have signed up to— @padsybear1 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN Nigel Redmond has to go the forwards have been awful this season. What does he do in training?— @sirmaxedwards 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN Time for a change? Has Hill taken the side as fat as he can?— @PDPhotoUK 16 February 2013
4:51pm Sat 16 Feb 13
Worcester Lad says
Get the score right .
I did in the end, little bit hectic here!
@WorcsWarriors oh dear I thought we may actually have got a win there :(— @i_am_suz 16 February 2013
Not sure this is what the club would like to hear from the club captain's partner, but she's not on her own in thinking that.
If @WorcsWarriors were a football team Richard hill would have been sacked ages ago #justsaying #changeneeded— @missgemseb 16 February 2013
Just corrected the score below, apologies if any Warriors fans though Worcester had won 27-18. You should have known better anyway...!
I'm pretty sure there were more than a few boos ringing out around Sixways at the final whistle. Fans are NOT happy....
There were some bright spells in attack from Warriors today, but the way they were out-muscled up front will be of huge concern to Richard Hill.
Worcester's complete failure to counter Saints' powerful line-out drive was the difference between the two sides.
Four league defeats on the spin for Warriors, who end up empty-handed at home.
A real air of doom and gloom at Sixways these days, something has to change.
Saints expertly control the ball through the tight phases to run the clock down, before Myler kicks it out to bring the final whistle.
FINAL SCORE: Warriors 18-27 Saints
Warriors look desperately to attack, but are penalised for going off their feet.
With just under four minutes to go, Warriors fans are streaming out of Sixways.
Neil Best is back in the game.
Myler knocks over the simple conversion.
Very harsh. Warriors are driven back and referee Garner has no hesitation in going under the posts to award a penalty try.
Warriors penalised for pulling down in the line-out, but that also looked like a tough call.
Myler opts to go for touch, which is probably the right call given Saints line-out dominance.
Myler kicks into space for winger Jamie Elliot to chase, Claassens tackles and the Saints man knocks-on. Warriors need a big scrum here.
Warriors back within two points as Goode knocks over a penalty from around 45 metres. 10 minutes to go...
A glimmer of hope for Warriors as Myler slices his conversion attempt across goal.
Warriors 15-20 Saints
That could well be a killer blow. Saints go to the corner with the penalty and drive the line-out over the line. Samu Manoa is awarded the try.
Saints look to use their strong line-out drive again, Neil Best intervenes illegally and is sent to the bin. Huge moment.
Myler's effort hits the left-hand post and Goode is able to scramble clear.
Warriors are penalised again on their own scrum put-in, definitely against Murray this time.
@tomguestWN What game is this ref watching!!!— @serpensalbus_wb 16 February 2013
Another bright break from Clarke, but a tackler just manages to dislodge the ball.
Worcester really have to capitalise on Saints being down to 14 men...
Goode gathers himself from lawes' hit to stroke the ball home.
Warriuors 15-15 Saints
Saints lose a second player to the bin as Courtney Lawes is yellow-carded for pole-axing Andy Goode as the fly-half chipped ahead.
Penalty where the ball landed, so Goode will be in range of the posts.
Myler makes no mistake and Saints are ahead. How do Warriors respond now?
Warriors 12-15 Saints
Saints get their rolling maul going to make progress into Warriors' half, before the hosts are hit for not rolling away. myler is going for the posts to try and put Saints ahead for the first time in the match.
Warriors looking the more likely at the moment, but several lapses in communications between Claassens and Drauniniu have proved costly so far.
Superb take of the high ball by Claassens, who then breaks up to the 22. Warriors recycle quickly, but Schofield loses it forward in contact.
Warriors then attack again, but Drauniniu is penalised for holding on.
Looked like a high tackle on Josh Drauniniu there, but referee played on.
Myler finds his radar once again and levels the game.
Warriors 12-12 Saints
Warriors penalised on their own put-in (looked like it went against Euan Murray) and Myler has an early chance to make amends for his two late misses in the first-half.
Play stops while David Lemi is down and receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, Hartley returns to the action after his sin-binning.
No changes for Warriors at the break, Saints still down to 14 with Hartley in the bin.
Myler gets the game back under way.
Haha - Howard Bentham on the PA just decided the Warriors fan's half-time hit-the-bar effort was successful.
The ball actually hit half-way up the post, so not sure who will be paying for the year's supply of beer he's just won!
@tomguestWN @WorcsWarriors if that counts as hitting the bar, I'm the next Pope! #wasJPthereferee— @TimfyPfus 16 February 2013
@tomguestWN sounds like a good start but we've been here before!— @steven_j_barry 16 February 2013
The next generation of Warriors players take to the pitch! http://t.co/4IR3AbuI— @tomguestWN 16 February 2013
With the clock already on zero, Myler has to have a shot at goal, but the range is beyond him and Jonny Arr catches the ball and puts it out of play to bring the whistle.
Not the greatest of games, but Warriors are good value for their lead so far. We've been here before, though, can they close a game out in the second-half?
Warriors have a penalty reversed as Jonny Arr stamps on Mark Sorensen as he tries to free the ball with the lock lying on the wrong side.
Bit of a shocker from Myler, though, as he pulls a simple chance wide of the posts.
Still 12-9 to Warriors.
Saints drive a line-out, it goes to ground and Warriors are penalised, but it looked to me as it went down of its own accord. Still, Myler has a chance to level the scores again.
Phil Dowson clearly hasn't been practicing his line-out throwing. With Hartley in the bin, the openside throws in to the line-out and is promptly hit for not straight.
Warriors attacked from the line-out and the ball went wide via David Lemi to Josh Drauniniu, who surged to the 22 before being brought down.
Saints skipper Hartley didn't heed Garner's warning, infringes at the break-down and is yellow-carded for his efforts.
Goode misses his first shot at goal of the game, though. Still 12-9.
Tom May hit for not releasing Matt Kvesic in the tackle as the number eight attacks from the re-start. Referee Greg Garner has words with Saints captain Dylan Hartley and Goode finds a good touch.
First real spell of attacking verve from Warriors as Jon Clarke pouncs on a loose ball and frees Matt Kvesic. Worcester swarm forward and Saints are penalised for off-side and Andy Goode drills the ball home.
Warriors 12-9 Saints
Worcester win the line-out, but it's a messy tap-down and Warriors are penalised for handling on the floor. Saints drill the ball into Warriors territory.
Hurried clearance from Ben Foden as Alex Grove chases down his own grubber kick. Line-out to Warriors inside the Saints 10m line.
Myler strokes the ball between the posts with the minimum of fuss.
Warriors 9-9 Saints
From the re-start, Warriors are hit at in at the side and Myler can level the scores once more.
More good work on the floor by Neil Best wins a penalty against Lee Dickson, who fails to release after pouncing on the loose ball when Andy Goode charged down the scrum-half's clearance kick.
Goode makes no mistake from the tee.
After a brief consultation, the flags go up.
Warriors 6-6 Saints
Warriors penalised for off-side in midfield and Myler has an opportunity to peg it back to all-square.
Myler pumps a penalty to touch mid-way into Warriors' half after the hosts are penalised at the scrum.
Stephen Myler sends the ball high between the posts.
Warriors 6-3 Saints
Errie Claassens fumbles a Stephen Myler up-and-under and then Josh Drauniniu picks up the lose ball in an off-side position, so it's a chance for Saints to open their account.
After several re-set scrums on the Saints ball 30 metres from Warriors' line, the penalty goes against Sione Tonga'uhia and Goode launches thepenalty past the Saints 10m line.
@tomguestWN I guess it's Sinners v Saints today then #yellowcards— @raceyrocket 16 February 2013
Brilliant work over the ball from former Saints man Neil Best wins a holding on penalty and Goode clears the danger.
Fluid counter-attack from Saints, camped on the Warriors line now.
Wow, fair play! Goode unleashes his huge right boot and drills the ball through the posts from miles out!
Warriors 6-0 Saints
Second penalty to Warriors and Goode is having a go at goal from three metres inside his own half.
No mistake from Warriors' number 10.
Warriors 3-0 Saints
Saints infringe as Warriors look to drive the line-out and Andy Goode will have the game's first shot at goal.
Josh Drauniniu goes close to the game's opening score, picking up a lose pass in midfield and sprinting for the corner, but Saints scramble back and manage to clear to touch.
Andy Goode gets the game under way. Warriors are attacking the North Stand in the first-half.
The Saints players are out, here come the Warriors! Big game, can Hilly's men deliver today? Let's hope so, but it will be tough against a Saints side packed with quality players.
RT @WheresTommyV: The Worcester Tannoy man is the most enthusiastic guy ever. Unfortunately, no one cares. Not one cheer for any of the players. #toughgig— @tomguestWN 16 February 2013
The cheerleaders are out and we're just over five minutes away from kick-off. The two sets of players are back in the dressing rooms to receive their final instructions.
The sun is shining, which makes a welcome change, and it should be a good day for both sides to play some attacking rugby - providing the pitch holds up.
@tomguestWN aint confident think we could be on the wrong side of a beating today, really hope I am wrong.— @Ash_toy 16 February 2013
Discipline will be key for Warriors today and, let's be fair, it's not been their strong suit so far this term.
Worcester are three clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the Aviva Premiership ill-discipline league.
Richard Hill's men are averaging one yellow card per game with 14 sin-binnings in 14 matches, which is three clear of second-placed Gloucester, while Bath have had eight yellows, but three reds.
Andy Goode has just ran out onto the pitch to join the warm-up. He certainly looks a bit more chipper today than he did at Bath last weekend. No vomiting so far from the fly-half...
The official team-sheets are in! Here's today's two line-ups: http://t.co/vx27fM56— @tomguestWN 16 February 2013
With just under an hour to go until kick-off, here are a few Warriors articles for your perusal.
Here's the team Richard Hill announced yesterday (official team-sheet due out imminently).
Line-outs can be 'soul-destroying', says Hill.
Jon Clarke's thoughts ahead of facing his former team.
The much-maligned pitch still looks far from ideal. Hopefully, the 2 sides will be able to play some attacking rugby. http://t.co/Vls7gDip— @tomguestWN 16 February 2013
It really is a huge match for Worcester's ambitions this season here at Sixways today.
Win and Richard Hill's men still have a chance of pushing on to claim a mid-table finish; lose and they will spend the rest of the campaign nervously looking over their shoulders.
Warriors have lost their last three Aviva Premiership matches, stretching back to the 13-6 victory over London Welsh, who they visit on the final day of the season, at Sixways before Christmas.
The Pet Shop Boys' 'It's a sin' is ringing around Sixways. Maybe that's in tribute to Warriors' impressive collection of yellow cards this season?