Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby

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  • WARRIORS have made the short trip to Kingsholm for today's Aviva Premiership local derby with Gloucester (2pm) and are in dire need of a win.
  • Dean Ryan returns to his old stomping ground with Worcester rooted to the foot of the table, 10 points adrift of safety and facing the very real threat of relegation.
  • However, Gloucester have struggled this season too and this is a massive game for both sides.

4:26pm

Warriors try to go from deep on the final play and can only manage to fumble the ball forward to bring the final whistle.

A losing bonus point for Worcester, who are seven points adrift at the foot of the table.

Gloucester 12-6 Warriors

4:21pm

The scrum-half clears second time around, but Warriors go again. Gloucester then intercept, break into Warriors' half and Rob Cook then knocks-on. Chaos!

4:19pm

Warriors have lost the ball again, but Robson is charged down.

4:19pm

We're with the TMO and May is yellow-carded for taking Pennell out in the air. Late penalty chance for Warriors and Warwick pins it into the corner.

4:16pm

Just over four minutes for Warriors to salvage something.

4:14pm

A brilliant step-and-go from Warwick sees Warriors surge to the line, but Gloucester's scrambling defence manages to just force the visitors to loose the ball forward. So close, but yet so far...

4:11pm

Warwick pins a penalty deep into touch in the Gloucester 22. Time running out for Warriors...

4:09pm

Stephenson collared by a high-tackle, replacement 10 Paul Warwick kicks to touch inside the Gloucester 10-metre line.

4:08pm

Brooker back on now after a concussion check.

4:05pm

Despite going down to 14, Warriors are showing some fight. Line-break by Andy Symons, then Josh D goes close in the left corner before being bundled into touch.

 

4:04pm

Twelvetrees slots over the resulting penalty and it's a long way back from here.

Gloucester 12-6 Warriors

4:03pm

Oh dear, oh dear. Seymour massively overthrows with his first touch, scrum-half Dan Robson gathers and bursts for the line, only to be felled by a Richard de Carpentier high tackle. The back-rower is subsequently yellow-carded.

4:01pm

After a lengthy spell of treatment, Chris Brooker gets to his feet and jogs off. Nick Seymour comes on in hius place.

3:56pm

Worcester still huffing and puffing, but cannot make any inroads whatsoever.

3:53pm

Penalty to Gloucester as Worcester infringe on the floor and Twelvetrees knocks it over to give his side the lead.

Gloucester 9-6 Warriors

3:49pm

Gloucester power forward once again and it looks bad for Worcester, but the hosts lose the ball forward.

3:46pm

Scrum Gloucester on the Warriors 22 after a good couple of drives from the hosts.

3:43pm

An odd kick from the number 10 just loops over the bar to level the scores.

Gloucester 6-6 Warriors

3:42pm

Nick Wood penalised after much scrum re-setting.

The call is made to kick for the posts and Mieres lines up his effort.

3:38pm

Alex Grove's grubber kick puts Rob Cook under pressure and the full-back knocks the ball on near his own line. Scrum Warriors and a huge moment in their season.

3:37pm

The Argentine dusts himself off to kick the penalty to touch inside the Gloucester 10m line.

3:36pm

Jonny May penalised for taking out Mieres in the air as the fly-half gathered a Twelvetrees up-and-under.

3:34pm

Narrowly wide of the target.

3:34pm

The second-half has started in the same vein as the first - ie poor.

However, Gloucester have a shot at goal after Warriors were penalised at the line-out.

3:28pm

The two teams are back out and Ignacio Mieres gets us back under way.

Leonardo Senatore is on for skipper Jonathan Thomas at half-time.

3:22pm

3:12pm

There goes the half-time whistle to bring to an end one of the worst 40 minutes of rugby I've ever seen. Dire.

Gloucester 6-3 Warriors

3:10pm

Communication breakdown for Warriors at the line-out - jumpers not in tune with the thrower and JP Doyle gives Gloucester the free-kick. Very poor.

3:07pm

The fly-half makes no mistake to give Gloucester the lead.

Gloucester 6-3 Warriors

3:06pm

Big scrum from Gloucester and they win the penalty as ther Warriors eight goes into reverse. Twelvetrees going for the posts.

3:05pm

Gloucester hold up Warriors' line-out drive and win the scrum in the visitors' 22.

3:04pm

Not much in the way of quality on display so far. Attritonal stuff.

3:02pm

Driven into touch.

3:02pm

Gloucester hurredly clear from the scrum. Line-out to Warriors inside the home 22. Big moment coming up...

3:00pm

Warriors nearly pounce as the line-out ball goes loose, but it is fumbled forward!

2:59pm

Lovely kick to touch over Sharples' head for a line-out in the Gloucester 22 by Mieres.

2:56pm

The British Lion puts it wide. Still 3-3.

2:55pm

Warriors penalised for playing the scrum-half before the ball was out and Twelvetrees is going for the posts this time.

2:52pm

Brilliant line-out defence from Worcester sees them keep Gloucester out and win the put-in.

2:52pm

More Gloucester pressure and they turn down a shot at goal after Tindall's burst to go for the corner.

2:50pm

A sustained spell of attacking pressure from Gloucester, but the Warriors defence holds firm and lock James Hudson knocks-on as the move unravels.

2:47pm

Short of the target...

2:46pm

Nick Wood penalised for holding on after a line-out rumble. Mieres decides to go for goal from just inside his own half. Ambitious...

2:43pm

Warriors pile on the pressure, but Jonathan Thomas fumbles the ball five metres out.

2:42pm

Frantic stuff here and Mieres pins the ball to the Gloucester 22 after Matt Cox is hit for a double movement.

2:39pm

The play is scrappy though as Gloucester disrupt on the floor and Warriors are penalised for going off their feet trying to secure possession.

2:38pm

Line-out to Warriors on the Glaws 10-metre line after the hosts are hit for a high tackle on Stephenson.

2:37pm

Warriors are level as Mieres lands a penalty with a well-struck effort.

Gloucester 3-3 Warriors

2:34pm

James Stephenson almost gets on the end of Ignacio Mieres' chip into the Gloucester 22, but the winger just knocks on.

2:33pm

Twelvetrees finds the target to open the scoring.

Gloucester 3-0 Warriors

2:32pm

Looked like the ball was out of the scrum when Su'a pounced, but referee JP Doyle says he was offside and Twelvetrees is lining up the posts.

2:31pm

Jeremy Su'a spills the kick-off. Not a great start for Warriors.

2:30pm

Billy Twelvetrees gets the game under way!

2:29pm

The Warriors players are now (finally) out in a huddle on the pitch, hopefully we might get started some time soon!

2:24pm

2:15pm

While we are delayed, here's some Warriors-related reading to help pass the time:

Carl Hogg

George Porter

Today's Worcester team news (apart from Shervington has been replaced by Seymour on the bench).

2:11pm

Scratch that, kick-off has now been delayed until 2.30pm.

You honestly couldn't make it up!

2:10pm

Kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes due to this farce!

2:10pm

 
 
 
 

 

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1:50pm

Just over 10 minutes to kick-off here at Kingsholm and both sets of players are going through their last-minute preparations on the field.

I'm expecting a nervy clash today between two sides desperate for a win - could be a tense afternoon!

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