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Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
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- WARRIORS will be hoping it's 13th time lucky as they go in search of their first Aviva Premiership win of the season tonight (7.45pm).
- Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Sixways and Dean Ryan's men are in dire need of a win to keep their slim hopes of avoiding the drop alive.
- Follow all the action as it unfolds in this blog and tweet me @tomguestWN or add a comment below to join in.
@tomguestWN can only take the positives an' all that...— @jonathanl50 07 February 2014
Some superb performances from Worcester, namely Thomas, Percival, Williams and Creevy, but Pennell was once again absolutely brilliant. MoM.— @tomguestWN 07 February 2014
So close, but yet so far for Warriors. Jonathan Thomas breaks through, but as the ball goes wide it is knocked on and Tigers hack it out to bring the final whistle.
Warriors 22-23 Tigers
Late penalty for Warriors as Tigers pull the maul down, kicked to touch on half-way.
More good play from Warrios, but they can't quite break through. Alex Grove makes good yards, but the ball-carrier gets isloated and Warriors are penalised.
Good strike from Flood to find the target.
Warriors 22-23 Tigers
Now Warriors are hit for not rolling away and Leicester have a chance to re-take the lead.
Pennell chips the simple kick over to put Warriors back ahead!
Warriors 22-20 Tigers
It's the hope that kills you.... #COYW— @tomguestWN 07 February 2014
Warriors batter away inside the Tigers 22......and win a penalty in front of the sticks!
Line-out Warriors inside the Tigers 22....huge moment!
Still a one-point game as we enter the final 15 minutes. Tigers bring on Steve Mafi and David Mele. Bench players could make the difference tonight.
Chris Pennell has been simply superb for his side so far tonight.
Fatiaki on the crash-ball makes a half-break and Warriors threaten, but the off-load just goes to ground.
Tigers fumble the ball forward then compound the error by not releasing and Pennell drills the penalty to touch near the visitors' 22.
@tomguestWN Going to be a long 30 minutes!— @gshawisme 07 February 2014
Warriors moving forward, but Marcos Ayerza is in there with the choke tackle to turn the ball over.
Fllod strokes the ball home to nudge Tigers ahead again.
Warriors 19-20 Tigers
Tigers hit back straight away and force another penalty. Flood will have another shot at goal.
TRY Warriors! Superb ball retention in the build-up, before Jonny Arr goes wide, Warwick finds Fatiaki and then Pennell moves it to Josh Drauniniu, who steps inside and slides over.
From the right-hand touchline, Pennell slots home a fine conversion!
Warriors 19-17 Tigers
Warriors think they've scored! Looked fine to me, but we're having a look at the TMO...
Line-out to Warriors half-way through the Tigers' half after good work over the ball by the home forwards.
It's a poor strike though and doesn't threaten the posts.
Penalty to Tigers and Flood is going for a long-range shot at goal after Warriors were penalised on the floor.
Flood gets the second-half under way - massive 40 minutes in Warriors history coming up!
Unlucky - the full-back can't quite make it five out of five as he hits the left-hand post and Tigers clear to touch.
Still, plenty of positives for Worcester from that half.
Warriors 12-17 Tigers
With the clock on zero, Warriors stage on last attack and win the penalty as Tigers are hit for not rolling away. Pennell will once again go for the sticks.
Good spell of pressure from Warriors. Leicester take a quick penalty, but end up knocking-on before Pennell's intelligent kick-chase forces Mat tait to run into touch in the corner with 40 seconds left.
Tigers hit for closing the gap and Pennell drills the late penalty to touch on the Tigers' 22.
John Andress is limping off to be replaced by Rob O'Donnell.
Some huge 'D' from Warriors at the moment, but Tigers look dangerous every time they go wide.
Warriors penalised for off-side - need to cut out these penalties of Small will be getting is yellow card out.
Flood kocks his kick over.
Warriors 12-17 Tigers
Tigers' line-out looks impenetrable at the moment. Creey then penalised for not releasing, but Flood turns down the posts to go to the corner.
Jonathan Thomas guilty of not rolling away on half-way and Flood threads the penalty into touch 18m out.
BOSH! Seriously big hit by James Percival on Logo Mulipoa forces a knock-on, great commtiment!
No mistake there from Pennell.
Warriors 12-14 Tigers
Tigers are penalised on the floor again as they stray off-side. Referee Andrew Small has a quiet word with captain Toby Flood... Pennell looking to make it four out of four.
TRY Tigers! Too easy off first phase for Leicester there. They take the ball off the top, Flood fires wide to Blaine Scully, who's outside arc sets up Goneva for his second. Flood adds the extras.
Warriors 9-14 Tigers
Creevy looked to have won a turn-over there against Mulipola, but Warriors were harshly penalised for in at the side. Line-out Tigers 30m out.
The boy is on fire! Another fine strike edges Warriors ahead.
Warriors 9-7 Tigers
Tigers are now penalised at the line-out and Pennell is lining up a third shot at goal.
Wow....another brilliant effort! Cleared the crossbar with a bit to spare.
Warriors 6-7 Tigers
Another penalty to Warriors as Ed Slater catches Flood's up-and-under having been in front of the kicker. Pennell going for goal from half-way...
Lovely strike from the full-back, who shapes the ball inside the right-hand post.
Warriors 3-7 Tigers
Tigers hit for not rolling away and Chris Pennell is going to have a shot at goal.
Let off for Warriors as Logovi'i Mulipola spills the ball forward with the line beckoning after Goneva had shredded the home defence, allowing the visitors to surge forward.
Creevy's second line-out of the game is called not straight...
TRY Tigers! Paul Warwick gifts Leicester the opening score as his pass is picked off by Vereniki Goneva, who races in from half-way. Toby Flood adds the extras.
Warriors 0-7 Tigers
Breakdown in communication at the line-out that followed the penalty with Gus Creevy over-throwing and Tigers clearing.
The first penalty of the game goes to Warriors after an encouraging start by the hosts. Toby Flood looks to counter and the visitors go off their feet.
Paul Warwick gets the game under way. Warriors attacking the North Stand in the first-half.
Not the biggest crowd inside Sixways tonight, but hopefully the Warriors players can give them something to shout about.
RT @alastaireykyn: Cockerill quizzed on Lamb departure to Worcs @btsportrugby : "he wants to be playing every wk.. for him & for us it's pr…— @tomguestWN 07 February 2014
Ten minutes to go until kick-off here at Sixways. It really is do-or-die time for Warriors now, but if they could somehow pull off a win tonight it would be massive for their confidence and give them a huge boost going into the remainder of the season.
That said, the 42-3 defeat to Exeter in the LV= Cup last weekend was a shocking performance and Warriors must produce a response tonight.
RT @premrugby: An absolutely perfect night for #avivaprem rugby at Sixways... Great conditions @WorcsWarriors v @LeicesterTigers http://t.c…— @tomguestWN 07 February 2014
Normally during the Six Nations would be a good time to play Tigers, but their side tonight looks pretty strong...
Leicester are only missing Tom Youngs and Dan Cole to the England side and have the luxury of naming international duo Ben Youngs and Toby Flood at half-back.
Here's tonight's two line-ups: http://t.co/i5HG0RQTtU— @tomguestWN 07 February 2014