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Worcester Warriors v London Irish
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- WELCOME to Sixways for the first home Aviva Premiership match of the Dean Ryan era with London Irish the visitors.
- The match kicks-off at 3pm and both sides will be eager to pick up their first win of the new campaign.
- Feel free to add comments below or to tweet me @tomguestWN to join in with the blog and have your say on all things Warriors.
On top of the defeat, there were less than 7,000 at Sixways today - plenty for Warriors to think about on and off the pitch.
@tomguestWN Good to see things have changed anyway. Lose 4 minutes from the end rather than 2! #letspushfor10— @Beth_OB 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN what's changed?— @HowardMcDonalds 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN not sure many will be printable!!— @eveshamlass 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN @WorcsWarriors well the loss was only slightly LESS infuriating than that goddam song.— @3rdearmarks 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN as far as I'm concerned every player needs to get a grip. Absolutely appalling. They can look forward to the championship.— @the_Verralls 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN please get them to turn off the Warriors chant, it's embarrassing, especially as they're playing it after we've just lost!!!!— @timus14 14 September 2013
A late rally from Warriors has fans on the edge of their seat, but Semisi Taulava is bundled into touch in the corner and that's the end of the action.
Warriors 18-20 Irish
The ball goes loose from Jake Abbott's slack pass and it's a great chance for Irish to seal it, but Andrew Fenby's kick is too long and runs dead.
The fly-half cuts it fine - close to the right-hand post, but the flags go up.
Warriors 18-20 Irish
Humphreys is 24m out and 10m in from the touchline.
Irish win a penalty on the floor and have a chance to re-take the lead with 4.45 left on the clock....
Humphreys drills a penalty to touch after Warriors are penalised in midfield.
All going wrong for Irish at the moment, quick line-out goes wrong, they get the ball back but pass it into the 22 and then kick out on the full.
TRY Warriors! The hosts pile the pressure on Irish and eventually Su'a finds Matavesi, who delays his pass superbly to send Mieres over for the try.
The fly-half can't add the conversion though, but Warriors lead by a point.
Warriors 18-17 Irish
Just across the face of the target from Mieres.
Irish beginning to struggle at scrum-time and they are penalised on their onw put-in. Mieres opts to kick for the posts.
Irish pinged for feeding the scrum (finally) and Warriors tap-and-go, but more good defence from the visitors sees the home side held up and the lose the put-in.
Mieres strokes the ball over to get Warriors within four points.
Warriors 13-17 Irish
Irish scrum disintegrates and they end up giving away a penalty for handling in the subsequent ruck.
Great defensive rucking by Irish sees them get hands on the ball and win the put-in.
The scrum has been a bit of a mess again today, but Warriors win a penalty at that one and Mieres finds touch by the 22.
@tomguestWN we have already proved what this backline can do why the damn kicks???— @Deepdiver1967 14 September 2013
Marland Yarde after a hat-trick, but he's pulled back for a forward pass in the build-up to his break.
Warriors struggling to create anything at the moment. Need to find some inspiration from somewhere.
TRY Irish! Warriors exposed out wide and Eamonn Sheridan sets-up a two-on-one for Ojo and Yarde and the winger rounds Pennell to score his second of the game. Humphreys adds the extras.
Warriors 10-17 Irish
Nothing in it, play goes on with a line-out to Warriors.
Humphreys flattened by Ravai Fatiaki, looked OK to me, but we're off to the TMO. Again.
Terrible kick from Topsy Ojo goes straight out, handing Warriors a line-out in Irish territory.
@tomguestWN disgraceful and unprofessional from Yarde after a trademark try. Warriors edged first half I think— @FineTime586 14 September 2013
Humphreys gets the second-half under way. Big 40 minutes for Warriors coming up.
@tomguestWN It's a bit like being on the set of a Disney musical. #awkward— @3rdearmarks 14 September 2013
@tomguestWN warriors the better side but some sloppy discipline letting us down. Great try, Pennell looks very sharp.— @Bigchap27 14 September 2013
It's been a stop-start first-half with plenty of involvement from the touch-judges and the TMO.
Warriors have just about edged it, but Marland Yarde's superb solo try has ensured the sides are locked together at 10-10.
Irish were down to 14 men for 10 minutes when Chris Hala'ufia was sin-binned. Will Warriors live to regret not capitalising on that numerical advantage?
Looked like Yarde gave Mieres a right hook after the try. I didn't get a good look at it, but the ref checked the replay and took no further action.
TRY Irish! A superb score from Marland Yarde as several Irish off-loads free the England winger, who out-paces Pennell and Mieres to the line. Humphreys adds the conversion to level the score.
Warriors 10-10 Irish
Electric break from deep by David Lemi - superb. The winger catches a high ball and dodges several would-be tacklers to scorch into the Irish 22. Mieres concedes the penalty though for going over the top.
A thrilling passage of play from Warriors! The bounce of the ball from Hodgson's up-and-under just evades Drauniniu, but Worcester pile the pressure on.
Pennell takes a superb catch to keep the ball in play and bursts into the 22. Matavesi fires the ball wide, but Jonathan Thomas is just squeezed into touch.
Irish penalised at the resulting scrum for standing up. One back for Warriors' front row.
Sam Betty gets a boot to Humphreys' grubber kick and it goes wide to Topsy Ojo, but he is crowded out and Andrew Fenby can only knock the ball forward.
Warriors penalised again for coming in at the side of a ruck and Humphreys drills the ball to touch near the hosts' 22.
Euan Murray eats dirt at the scrum and Irish win a pressure-relieving penalty.
Believe it or not, I just heard a rendition of We Are Warriors coming from the South Stand!
With the try-line beckoning, Warriors lose control of the ball and it bobbles forward. Looked as though their might have been a hand in the ruck from Irish though...
At the line-out, the other touch-judge is invovled now and play stops again. The verdict is a penalty to Warriors for pulling down in the line-out. Mieres pumps the ball to the corner. Big chance for Warriors now against 14-man Irish.
Irish's powerful rolling maul is halted as the touch-judge alerts the referee to some foul play. After consultaion between the two, Irish number eight Chris Hala'ufia is sin-binned for use of the knee.
Humphreys kicks to the corner from a similar position after Semisi Taulava is hit for not rolling away.
Humphreys hands out no punishment either by missing the target with the penalty.
Penalty to Irish after referee Tim Wigglesworth stops play to have a look at a late charge by Sam Betty. Stern warning for the flanker, but no card on this occasion.
Josh Matavesi looks to kick Warriors some territory, but it backfires as the ball goes out on the full. Line-out Irish on the Warriors' 10-metre line.
TRY Warriors! From the line-out, the forwards have a few drives, before Hodgson opts to go wide, a miss-pass from Mieres frees Pennell, who bursts into the 22 before getting the ball off to David Lemi, who crashes over.
Mieres strikes a fine conversion from out wide too.
Warriors 10-3 Irish
Mieres again puts a penalty to touch in the Irish 22 after Irish were guilty of impeding Chris Pennell as he fielded a high ball.
A good spell of pressure by Irish, but Warriors defence holds firm and Mieres clear. Irish come again though and win a penalty for a pull-back, which will lead to Ian Humphreys having a shot at goal.
The fly-half strikes the ball well and it goes through the posts.
Warriors 3-3 Irish
Mike Williams takes the ball, but Warriors are guilty of obstruction at the line-out.
Another attacking line-out to Warriors on the Irish 22 after a good touch-finder from Mieres after Irish were hit for not releasing.
The Argentine fly-half makes no mistake.
Warriors 3-0 Irish
Quick off-the-top ball and Pennell crash into tackles to force a penalty. Mieres will have a go at goal this time.
Mieres finds a good touch 30m out.
Pennell takes a high ball well and Irish are penalised for going off their feet.
@tomguestWN this is awkward..— @AlexGrove 14 September 2013
Ignacio Mieres kicks-off and Warriors will attack the South Stand in the first-half.
The only down side is the engineers are still clearing the kit off the pitch and kick-off is late now!
Flames and a firework display just before kick-off, very impressive! Let's home Warriors can now provide similar pyrotechnics!
Have to say, the crowd is looking a little sparse inside Sixways today.
London Irish are out on the pitch in their huddle, here come the Warriors!
It's fair to say Warriors fans are all in agreement over the new 'war cry'...— @tomguestWN 14 September 2013
Less than 10 minutes to kick-off here at Sixways. Bit early in the season, I admit, but you get the feeling this is a must-win game for Warriors.
It's rather operatic in places and like a good old fashioned hymn in other parts, rather nice. Not sure it's a catchy tune that could be sung by the fans though.
The new Warriors 'war cry' is booming around Sixways. People don't seem to interested, to be honest.
Despite saying this at the weekly press conference, Euan Murray starts in the front row for Warriors after missing the trip to Welford Road last Sunday due to religious reasons.
Warriors are unchanged to the side the announced yesterday, while Irish have made a late change with Jebb Sinclair starting in the second row and Bryn Evans dropping down to the bench.
Here's today's teams: http://t.co/2GqUC1Z7RE— @tomguestWN 14 September 2013
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