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Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
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- WELCOME to Sixways for Warriors' huge Aviva Premiership showdown with fellow early strugglers Newcastle.
- Today's game (3pm) is the last league match before a two-week break for the European Challenge Cup takes centre stage.
- Worcester are winless in four outings and are the only side below Falcons in the table, so today is already a must-win clash for Dean Ryan's men.
- The conditions are perfect for running rugby, which should suit Worcester's impressive back-line - it just depends if the pack can give them the platform to play.
@tomguestWN that's what happens when you don't play for first 20 mins of match. Reminiscent of the Ruddock era. Glad I wasn't able to attend— @totalprat 05 October 2013
@tomguestWN well, that's probably is down then. Losing at home to Irish and Newcastle, we don't deserve to stay up @WorcsWarriors— @duncansmith67 05 October 2013
@tomguestWN depressing & painful, & I'm only following on twitter!— @huggyhannah80 05 October 2013
After a dreadful first 20 minutes, Warriors were the better side in all aspects of play, but the damage had already been done. Worcester were unable to break dow a resolute Falcons side and, ultimately, weren't accurate enough when it mattered.
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On the balance of play, Warriors should have won that. But they didn't and it could be a long old season from here.
Newcastle manage to get the ball out of the scrum and kick it off to take the win.
With less than a minute to go, Warriors knock-on.....
They go for a scrum - huge moment!
Penalty to Warriors right beneath the posts after a brilliant break from Lemi and Pennell!
Six-and-a-half minutes left....
Phil Godman makes no mistake with the penalty.
Warriors 11-16 Falcons
As Warriors look to attack, Cam Goodhue spills the ball and Mark Wilson picks up, breaks and releases Chris York, who is finally hauled down by Lemi, but Warriors go off their feet and Newcastle have a simple penalty to increase their lead to five points.
Try Warriors! The forwards do the hard work with a number of punishing drives on the Falcons line. Warwick darts for the line, but is held up and Lemi is on hand to creep over.
Warwick, crucially, misses the conversion, though.
Warriors 11-13 Falcons
Just under 15 minutes left and Warriors need to find inspiration from somewhere. As I type, they win a scrum penalty and Warwick drills the ball to the corner. Now or never?
As he did at Wasps, Chris Brooker's first line-out throw is not straight. Good platform wasted there.
Both sides hammering away trying to get the upper hand, but there isn't enough precision. Chris Pennell made a good break from deep, but the ball was knocked on as it went down the line.
Tom Catterick scythes through Warriors and into the 22, but the hosts' defence is solid, they're quickly over the ball and win the penalty.
Paul Warwick and Chris Brooker on for Warriors.
Jeremy Su'a, on for Paul Hodgson, box-kicks to half-way, where Alex Tait tries to take it at pace, but it bounces forward off his chest. Scrum Warriors.
Falcons back up to 15 players as the Hawk returns.
Mieres slots the kick from the shadow of the posts.
Warriors 6-13 Falcons
Let off for Mieres as he drops a simple ball as Warriors plie on the pressure, but the ref was playing advantage for off-side.
Falcons' throw not straight though!
The move breaks down as Warriors' maul splinters and Abbott re-joins to leave everyone else off-side.
Falcons penalised for pulling down the line-out, Mieres finds a good touch inside the 22.
Warriors, attacking the South Stand, will be looking to carry on where they left off in the first-half.
Radioactive chilli pies demolished by the press bench just in time for the players' return for the second period.
The next 40 minutes will probably go a long way to defining Warriors' season.
There goes the half-time whsitle and Falcons lead 13-3, but Warriors will be much encouraged by the way the dominated the second part of the opening period. More of the same needed to turn things around after the break, when Falcons will have another five minutes with 14 men.
The Falcons' scrum just about holds up and Warriors can't find a way through and are penalised for picking the ball up in an off-side position.
Worcester well on top in the scrum, but referee Fox re-sets rather than penalising Falcons.
Warriors opted for a scrum actually and easily forced a penalty against the seven-man Falcons. Scrum again.
Mieres chips to the corner, Warriors must turn the screw now.
Surely not, but the Hawk is the man to pay for Newcastle's mounting indiscressions.
It's all Warriors now, but they could really do with a try before the break.
The Argentine fly-half chips the ball over to open Worcester's account. Good spell of pressure from the hosts.
Warriors 3-13 Falcons
TMO in use for a possible trip on Pennell as he grubbered the ball in behind. Nothing doing there, but Fox comes back for the penalty to Warriors in front of the posts. This time Mieres opts for goal.
Warriors set up the maul and Falcons drag it down. Mieres kicks to the corner again.
Mieres turns down the posts to kick for touch in the corner.
More enterprising play from Warriors and they look much better already. Another penalty as Falcons stray off-side.
Ignacio Mieres pulls his penalty attempt across the face of the posts. Still 13-0 to Falcons.
Warriors finally start running the ball and cause chaos in the Falcons ranks with Drauniniu and Pennell making in-roads and winning a penalty.
Warriors are kicking the ball away far too often and, when they do, not challenging for it very well.
Clegg impressively strokes the penalty home.
Warriors 0-13 Falcons
Penalty goes against Euan Murray on Warriors put-in. Not great for the hosts.
@WorcsWarriors @tomguestWN when are they going to realise we dong have a kicking game?— @bcukevcrimmons 05 October 2013
Fatiaki is helped off by the physios, Alex Grove on for his first appearance this season.
Good line-out ball, but Fatiaki is stripped of possession and is now down and receiving treatment.
Another attacking line-out for Warriors. Can they do any better this time?
The line-out is a shambles though and Falcons hack the ball to touch near the Worcester 22. Awful so far from the hosts.
Some respite for Warriors as they retain possession through a few phases, before Noah Cato is hit for not releasing as he returns the umpteenth Warriors up-and-under.
The hosts are really on the backfoot here as Newcastle pin them into their own half. Warriors can't get - or keep - the ball.
Try Falcons! The visitors already look a lot sharper in possession than Warriors and it pays off as some enterprising play by Alex Tait and Noah Cato down the left leads to a ruck five metres out. Carlo Del Fava batters up a bit closer, before scrum-half Mike Blair dives over. Clegg adds the conversion too.
Falcons 10-0 Warriors
Decent pressure by Warriors, but Josh Drauininiu's off-load is picked off and Falcons can clear.
Clegg makes no mistake with the simple kick.
Warriors 0-3 Falcons
Warriors concede the game's first penalty and Rory Clegg's drop-goal goes wide, so referee Martin Fox brings play back for a kick at goal on the 22.
Rory Clegg gets the game under way. Warriors are attacking the North Stand end.
@tomguestWN @briandick 27-18 #COYW— @BigBreakers 05 October 2013
@tomguestWN @briandick Newcastle 21 - 12 not even a losing bp!— @WhittakerWill 05 October 2013
Let's have your predictions then. I've gone for 32-17 to Warriors, while @briandick reckons a 17-12 home win.— @tomguestWN 05 October 2013
The battle up front should be very interesting - the Warriors pack really need to come to the party after a few disappointing outings so far.
Good to see Jeremy Becasseau back at loosehead, the Frenchman looks a real prosepct to me.
Oliver 'The Tomahawk' Tomaszczyk returns to Sixways today with the visitors after never fulfilling his potential during a brief stint as a Warrior under Richard Hill's rein.
The tighthead will have a point to prove against his former employers today, no doubt.
@Lizzara26 @tomguestWN Just noticed that @draunj85 is sporting a Maximus the Warrior hair "style"— @RugbyWorcs 05 October 2013
@tomguestWN Feel Warriors have it in them to run over someone, this could be the day. Put aside all the phoney sh*t & get on with the rugby.— @BigBreakers 05 October 2013
The 'Warriors War Cry' is ringing around Sixways. I say 'rininging', I mean 'echoing'...
I also spoke to prop George Porter on making his comeback to rubgy after 10 months out with a shoulder problem and that article is here.
While, full-back Chris Pennell feels like he's at a new club since Dean Ryan has arrived.
Alex Grove returns to Warriors' match day squad after missing the start of the season through injury and you can read Dean Ryan's thoughts on the Scotland centre here.
Here's today's two line-ups. Absolutely massive game for Warriors' season today. http://t.co/R7tfIYBsIR— @tomguestWN 05 October 2013
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