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Warriors v Wasps
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- IT'S time for Friday night lights as Worcester Warriors welcome Wasps to Sixways for an Aviva Premiership clash (8pm).
- The fifth-placed visitors will be looking to further enhance their semi-final credentials, while Richard Hill's men are desperate to pick up their first win of 2013 to put some daylight between them and the division's drop-zone.
Thanks for following the blog, quite a night for Warriors!
My on-the-whistle match report is live on the site now, so have a look and enjoy!
@tomguestWN great win. Back row were immense. Fine show from @j_arr Now lets finish the season with some style.— @Bigchap27 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN wuss swatted those wasps :-)— @badmand1 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN brilliant win for warriors Friday night lights :-)— @24903251 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN well played Worcester, shame we missed match, great watching the twitter feed sitting on the balcony of apartment in Lanzarote— @Cllrlucyhodgson 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN you've summed it up perfectly. Well played #Warriors Shame to give away a try at the death but a bonus point win is just that.— @madmechanic78 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN A far better performance from Warriors against a gritty Wasps side even with a 'different rules for others' Ref #hungontotheend— @Deepdiver1967 01 March 2013
Final score was 29-23, forgot to post that in all the excitement!
Robinson misses and that's it!
Warriors seal a much-needed bonus point victory!
Jack Wallace scores in the corner right at the death, but Robinson's kick will be the last of the game!
Robinson puts a penalty to touch with seconds remaining.
Line-out to Wasps on Warriors' 22, 56 seconds left....
Huge turn-over by Warriors as Wasps attack again!
Gray added the conversion to Arr's try. Just under five minutes to go, Wasps still attacking.
Warriors 29-18 Wasps
Good time for the wifi to drop out!
There's the bonus point for Warriors as Jonny Arr goes down the blindside and dives over after a powerful driving line-out!
Gray fires the ball into the corner again.
All Warriors again now and now Wasps go down to 14 as Andrea Masi is sin-binned for taking man without the ball.
A high tackle by Andrea Masi allows Danny Gray to find another excellent touch.
Gray inexplicably misses the simple kick from right in front of the posts.
Worcester back on the attack now and they win a penalty in front of the posts after a high shot by Ashley Johnson on Matt Mullan. Danny Gray going for the posts.
What a game this is!
Drauniniu is back on now too.
Wasps surge on the attack again and go close to scoring, but Warriors are hit for a pull-back. Robinson goes to touch, but Wasps knock-on at the line-out and Worcester clear!
Danny Gray adds the extras.
Warriors 22-18 Wasps
Warriors batter the Wasps defence from the driving line-out and eventually Blair Cowan powers over for a much-needed score!
Finally, some respite for Warriors as Wasps are penalised for coming in at the side of a driving maul. Danny Gray finds an excellent touch in the corner.
@tomguestWN Not sure what is more depressing the start to this second half or waiting for my Ryan air flight to arrive— @sirmaxedwards 01 March 2013
Warriors need a response. And fast.
Robinson adds the conversion.
Warriors 15-16 Wasps
Wasps drive their line-out and Ashley Johnson barrells over the line. You can hear a pin drop in Sixways at the moment, the hosts are shell-shocked.
Bad to worse for Warriors as Josh Drauniniu is sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on as he went for an interception.
Wasps denied a try by foot-in-touch as they go wide with penalty advantage. Referee Greg Garner then brings play back and Robinson scents blood and puts the ball to the corner.
Another penalty to touch from Robinson as Warriors are hit for picking the ball up in an offside position at a botched line-out.
A poor strike from Robinson and there's no further damage for Warriors.
Gray comes on for Goode.
Danny Gray getting ready to come on, Goode struggling. Shame Goode had a great first-half.
.....and another penalty to Wasps. Pretty terrible start to the second period, this.
Penalty at scrum-time against, I think, Euan Murray and Robinson fires the ball to touch.
With Andy Goode carrying a knock, Chris Pennell takes the re-start and fires it out on the full. Scrum Wasps on half-way. Shaky start from the hosts...
Oh dear, oh dear....Commical play from Warriors at the start of the second-half hands Wasps a try.
Passes from Jonny Arr twice go to ground and on the second time, Neil Best dithers and fails to pick the ball up allowing Ashley Johnson to hack towards the line. Warriors go off their feet, Wasps take the quick penalty and hooker Thomas Rhys Thomas gets the ball down. Robinson misses the conversion.
Warriors 15-11 Wasps
Nicky Robinson gets the second-half under way.
@tomguestWN look after my dad in the press box, he's the citing commissioner.— @Bigchap27 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN couldn't agree more. Brilliant first half.— @lizmarydavies 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN Ten to four in the morning in Thailand. Bed now, but my prayers are with the boys for the second half. #coyw— @Propster1 01 March 2013
Warriors lead 15-6 at the break after an impressive opening 40 minutes in which they scored tries through Chris Pennell and David Lemi.
A repeat in the second-half would secure an important five-point haul and edge Warriors closer to league safety.
However, head coach Richard Hill will be desperate for his side to simply close out a much-needed victory.
A let-off for Worcester as the Bristol-bound former Welsh international misses the target.
Richard Hill shouts 'nothing silly' to his players and Neil Best is almost immediately hit for not releasing in the tackle. Robinson will end the half with a shot at goal...
Just over a minute left in the half and Wasps have a line-out on the Warriors 10m line.
Goodey is on it tonight and he finds a great kick that trickles into touch near the corner-flag from a Warriors scrum on half-way.
Warriors look to maul the ball towards the line, but Wasps do well to hold it up and win the put-in.
Goode again goes to the corner instead of going for goal. Warriors fancy their chances here.
Wasps concede their fifth penalty as they try to halt Warriors' driving line-out.
Neil Best breaks over the half-way line and Wasps go in at the side in their desperation to force a turn-over. Goode launches the ball to touch inside the 22. Bold from Worcester.
Nothing going for Wasps at the moment as Elliot Daly looks to release Tom Varndell, but his pass drifts forward.
Try number two for the hosts and it is brilliant! Worcester win a free-kick for early engagement on the Wasps scrum and spread play back and forth before Goode superbly dinks the ball over the line for David Lemi to catch and dive over. Goode adds the simple conversion.
Warriors 15-6 Wasps
Percival burrows close, but Wasps scramble back well and manage to turn the ball over. Good intent from the hosts.
Pennell draws in two defenders near the Wasps 22 and one of them fails to roll away. Goode goes to the corner instead of the posts!
More adventurous play from the Warriors as Jonny Arr's kick in behind Wasps wins goog territory for his side.
Goode misses the conversion from out wide.
Warriors 8-6 Wasps
Chris Pennell darts in at the corner after Jon Clarke delivers the scoring pass! Good finish from the full-back, while James Percival also made a big dent in the Wasps' defence in the build-up.
Robinson makes no mistake with the simple kick.
Warriors 3-6 Wasps
Wasps drive a line-out close to the Worcester line, but it is illegally halted and Robinson will go for the posts.
A superb line-break by Charlie Hayter takes Wasps close, but Warriors scramble an important turn-over and clear.
@tomguestWN in Bermuda!!— @warriormeggie 01 March 2013
Nicky Robinson slots the ball through the posts to level the score.
Warriors 3-3 Wasps
Dean Schofield penalised for playing the ball on the floor, chance for Wasps to level the score.
Warriors 3-0 Wasps
Good start from Warriors, taking play through the phases, before Wasps are penalised and Goode will have the first shot at goal of the night.
Warriors win the game's first penalty and Andy Goode finds a decent touch 30m out.
Andy Goode gets the game under way, Warriors attacking the North Stand in the first-half.
Late change for Wasps: Chris Bell is injured in the warm-up, so former Worcester player Charlie Hayter starts at inside-centre. Jack Wallace comes in on the bench.
Hayter will have a big point to prove tonight againt the club that released him in the summer...
@tomguestWN 27-19 to Worcester with Worcester comfortably ahead at the 70min mark. Very #rosetinted but strangely confident.— @StefanRedfern 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN I don't care what the score is as long as its a home win— @richiehh 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN following from Edinburgh— @treborhorner 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN in Barcelona tonight #coyw !— @Jeroo 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN home :p Worcester lol— @AdamLlewellyn 01 March 2013
Right, time to head to the press bench.....Come on you Warriors!
The general consensus seems to be that Warriors are going to win tonight. However, you don't get to fifth in the Premiership without being a decent side, so I hope the home fans' confidence isn't mis-placed.
A good start...
@tomguestWN im in Newport. Hoping it 's better news than here at Rodney Parade!— @ArgusWBain 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN In Denmark tonight— @sirmaxedwards 01 March 2013
Out of interest, who is following tonight's live blog from the furthest away from Sixways? Let me know where you are Warriors fans!
Press room predictions: @briandick WW 24-17 LW; @geoffberkeley WW 17-7 LW; @tomguestWN WW 32-24 LW; @benmottram77 WW 0-50 LW...— @tomguestWN 01 March 2013
NB, one of those predictions may have been invented in the absence of one of the participants....— @tomguestWN 01 March 2013
@tomguestWN Never feel confident. It would be nice for once if discipline didn't let us down. Must win my boss is a Wasps supporter.— @Iona73Mc 01 March 2013
The Sixways pitch still looks patchy, but recent dry weather should have vastly improved the under-foot conditions. http://t.co/LYLgJCldUk— @tomguestWN 01 March 2013
We've got 45 minutes until kick-off, so here's a few articles for you to have a read of.
My column from today's paper on what might have been for Warriors.
Warriors could benefit from London Welsh's administrative gaffe.
Tonight's game is a huge for Worcester's season and, looking at the two line-ups, is certainly a winnable one for the hosts.
Althought Wasps are flying high in fifth place, they are without the likes of James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and try-machine Christian Wade.
Anyway, here's tonight's team sheet: http://t.co/Bb6ULWxxKf— @tomguestWN 01 March 2013