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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.
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
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!
Warriors have lost the ball again, but Robson is charged down.
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.
Just over four minutes for Warriors to salvage something.
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...
Warwick pins a penalty deep into touch in the Gloucester 22. Time running out for Warriors...
Stephenson collared by a high-tackle, replacement 10 Paul Warwick kicks to touch inside the Gloucester 10-metre line.
Brooker back on now after a concussion check.
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.
Twelvetrees slots over the resulting penalty and it's a long way back from here.
Gloucester 12-6 Warriors
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.
After a lengthy spell of treatment, Chris Brooker gets to his feet and jogs off. Nick Seymour comes on in hius place.
Worcester still huffing and puffing, but cannot make any inroads whatsoever.
Penalty to Gloucester as Worcester infringe on the floor and Twelvetrees knocks it over to give his side the lead.
Gloucester 9-6 Warriors
Gloucester power forward once again and it looks bad for Worcester, but the hosts lose the ball forward.
Scrum Gloucester on the Warriors 22 after a good couple of drives from the hosts.
An odd kick from the number 10 just loops over the bar to level the scores.
Gloucester 6-6 Warriors
Nick Wood penalised after much scrum re-setting.
The call is made to kick for the posts and Mieres lines up his effort.
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.
The Argentine dusts himself off to kick the penalty to touch inside the Gloucester 10m line.
Jonny May penalised for taking out Mieres in the air as the fly-half gathered a Twelvetrees up-and-under.
Narrowly wide of the target.
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.
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.
@tomguestWN if we make better decisions i feel Glaws will crack. They look a lot more tense than we do.— @RugbyWorcs 22 December 2013
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
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.
The fly-half makes no mistake to give Gloucester the lead.
Gloucester 6-3 Warriors
Big scrum from Gloucester and they win the penalty as ther Warriors eight goes into reverse. Twelvetrees going for the posts.
Gloucester hold up Warriors' line-out drive and win the scrum in the visitors' 22.
Not much in the way of quality on display so far. Attritonal stuff.
Driven into touch.
Gloucester hurredly clear from the scrum. Line-out to Warriors inside the home 22. Big moment coming up...
Warriors nearly pounce as the line-out ball goes loose, but it is fumbled forward!
Lovely kick to touch over Sharples' head for a line-out in the Gloucester 22 by Mieres.
The British Lion puts it wide. Still 3-3.
Warriors penalised for playing the scrum-half before the ball was out and Twelvetrees is going for the posts this time.
Brilliant line-out defence from Worcester sees them keep Gloucester out and win the put-in.
More Gloucester pressure and they turn down a shot at goal after Tindall's burst to go for the corner.
A sustained spell of attacking pressure from Gloucester, but the Warriors defence holds firm and lock James Hudson knocks-on as the move unravels.
Short of the target...
Nick Wood penalised for holding on after a line-out rumble. Mieres decides to go for goal from just inside his own half. Ambitious...
Warriors pile on the pressure, but Jonathan Thomas fumbles the ball five metres out.
Frantic stuff here and Mieres pins the ball to the Gloucester 22 after Matt Cox is hit for a double movement.
The play is scrappy though as Gloucester disrupt on the floor and Warriors are penalised for going off their feet trying to secure possession.
Line-out to Warriors on the Glaws 10-metre line after the hosts are hit for a high tackle on Stephenson.
Warriors are level as Mieres lands a penalty with a well-struck effort.
Gloucester 3-3 Warriors
James Stephenson almost gets on the end of Ignacio Mieres' chip into the Gloucester 22, but the winger just knocks on.
Twelvetrees finds the target to open the scoring.
Gloucester 3-0 Warriors
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.
Jeremy Su'a spills the kick-off. Not a great start for Warriors.
Billy Twelvetrees gets the game under way!
The Warriors players are now (finally) out in a huddle on the pitch, hopefully we might get started some time soon!
Here's a pic of the Gloucester groundstaff about to repair the crossbar problem... http://t.co/DDPC2YTzRw— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
While we are delayed, here's some Warriors-related reading to help pass the time:
Today's Worcester team news (apart from Shervington has been replaced by Seymour on the bench).
Scratch that, kick-off has now been delayed until 2.30pm.
You honestly couldn't make it up!
Kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes due to this farce!
@tomguestWN Lets hope the Gloucester pack is as flimsy as the crossbar— @totalprat 22 December 2013
@tomguestWN Glos look like a laughing stock at the mo. Can't even find a ladder and get a bar hoisted....— @serpensalbus_wb 22 December 2013
@tomguestWN unbelievable I'm with a load of glass fans who say its fine as that's the end @WorcsWarriors are attacking so it doesn't matter— @HowardMcDonalds 22 December 2013
People dressed as Rudolph, Virgil and various others have broken the crossbar with a giant inflatable rugby ball. You couldn't make it up.— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
Apparently a bracket has been broken on the posts and the groundstaff are trying to fix it...— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
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!
@tomguestWN only hope for warriors team coming up from championship doesn't meet criteria of premiership— @robtaylor69 22 December 2013
@tomguestWN no away wins for 2 years, 1 home win this year and @jpref9 with the whistle. Start to think the unthinkable!— @Bigchap27 22 December 2013
RT @bencoles_: Seems wrong to talk must-win games in December, but if Worcester don't get something from Kingsholm today or at Irish in Jan…— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
So, who's looking forward to the trip to Kingsholm? Arguably, today's game is must-win for Warriors, the consequences of defeat unthinkable.— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
Late change for Warriors with Nick Seymour replacing Ed Shervington as the replacement hooker after the Welshman failed a fitness test.— @tomguestWN 22 December 2013
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