LiveWorcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs

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  • ONCE again, Warriors face a battle to save their Aviva Premiership life with Exeter Chiefs today's visitors to Sixways (3pm).
  • David Lemi and Euan Murray return for the hosts, while a late change to the announced team sees Jeremy Su'a replace Paul Hodgson on the bench.





Warriors are now seven points adrift of Newcastle, who go to London Irish tomorrow. Three games left for Worcester - Bath and Saracens away, then Gloucester at home on the final day.


Unbelievable finish - Lamb chips over the Exeter defence to set-up Drauniniu one-on-one with Arscott, but the Warriors winger fails to gather the ball and knocks-on to herald the final whistle.

Thrilling game in the end, but Warriors will be left to rue their hopless first-half tackling. I suppose two points are better than none, but the job gets even tougher now.

Warriors 33-38 Exeter


Kai Horstmann is penalised for not releasing in his own 22 and Lamb is going for the posts to seal a second bonus point.

Lamb makes the kick. Just over two mins to go.

Warriors 33-38 Exeter


Warriors surge forward yet again and Pennell gets the ball out wide to Drauniniu, but the ball squirms forward in the tackle.


Warriors on the attack again, Lamb goes wide again, but Lemi can't hold on this time. Dramatic finish on the card here  with just over 6 mins to go.


You have to say it's great defence from Exeter as the ball goes wide and Arscoot tackles Pennell man-and-ball to win the knock-on.


Warriors go to the corner this time.


JT goes alone, is isloated, but Exeter are penalised again for not rolling away.


Exeter down to 14 for about one more minute too - just enough for this scrum!


Drama here at Sixways as Exeter lose the line-out, Warriors attack the line and the visitors are off-side. Worcester call for the scrum. 10 minutes to go!


Chiefs line-out deep in their 22 after a flowing attack from Warriors.


The conversion is missed by Lamb.

Warriors 30-38 Exeter


TRY Warriors! Ryan Lamb fires a big pass out wide for Lemi to dot down in the corner for try number four. At least there's one point in the bag for Worcester!


Exeter replacement James Scaysbrook yellow-carded for cynically going off-side to take out Jonny Arr as Warriors looked set to score.


Penalty to Chiefs for off-side, followed by some fisticuffs with Lamb at the heart of it. The bottom line is Steenson knocks over three-pointer.

Warriors 25-38 Exeter


Lamb adds the conversion too.

Warriors 23-35 Exeter


TRY Warriors! A mass of players pile up on the try-line and eventually Agustin Creevy burrows over. Three tries for Warriors now, at least they could get a bonus point or two!


TRY Warriors! A mass of players pile up on the try-line and eventually Agustin Creevy burrows over. Three tries for Warriors now, at least they could get a bonus point or two!


The ball goes to ground, but Warriors have another penalty. In the corner again.


Another Exeter infringement and Lamb goes to the corner again.


Jonny Arr breaks down the left flank is is hit by another Dean Mumm high-tackle. Lamb kicks to the corner this time.


TRY Exeter! Yet more embarrasing tackling from Warriors as popr Ben Moon barges through two feeble attempts and sends Yeandle over beneath the posts. Steenson adds the simple conversion.

Warriors 18-35 Exeter


Lamb makes no mistake and Warriors are back within 10 points.

Warriors 18-28 Exeter


Exeter hit for going in at the side and Lamb is lining up the posts with the penalty.


Warriors start the half brightly, but Lamb's pop pass to the on-rushing Betty is judged forward.



Ryan Lamb gets the second-half under way and the home side arguable have 40 minutes left to show some fight and give themselves a slim chance of saving their season.









Well, a couple of minutes aside, that was an unacceptable half from Warriors, who seemd to think tackling was optional rather than a pre-requisite.

The visitors lead by 13 points and are totally in command. Dean Ryan will need to pull something out of the hat if his side are going to keep their survival hopes alive...


TRY Exeter! From the catch-and-drive, Warriors are powerless to stop the Exeter pack from inching over the line and the try is awarded to hooker Jack Yeandle. With the last kick of the half, Steenson adds the conversion.

Warriors 15-28 Exeter


It's harem scarem stuff here now! Lamb does well to pick up a loose ball in his own 22 and dances past two tackles, but he then throws a pass away from Arr, who has to slide and kick the ball into touch!


Steenson misses his easiest kick of the afternoon so far after a breakdown infringement by Warriors.

Is the tide turning?


TRIES WARRIORS! The wifi goes down briefly at Sixways and Warriors score twice!

Firstly, from a scrum close to the Exeter line, Arr goes blind to Pennell, who dives over. Lamb misses the extras.

Then, minutes later, Lemi kicks ahead, Dollman dives over the loose ball and Lemi gathers and holds off Steenson and Hill to score. Lamb converts the second score.

Warriors 15-21 Exeter


Warriors win the line-out, but can't break through Exeter's well-drilled defence. The visitors knock-on as they attempt to steal the ball to hand Warriors the put-in.


Lamb dispatches a penalty to the corner after Lemi is collared high by Mumm.


TRY Exeter! This is abysmal by Warriors. From the line-out following Lamb's poor kick, Sam Hill hits the line at speed, goes straight through and takes play into the 22. Steenson then easily evades Drauniniu's woeful attempt at a tackle to score under the posts and adds the extras.

Warriors 3-21 Exeter


From straight in front, Lamb hits the left-hand post, Exeter clear to Pennell, who passes to Lamb for the fly-half to compound a terrible few minutes with a kick out on the full.


Penalty to Warriors and Chiefs skipper Dean Mumm is spoken to by referee JP Doyle as his players continue to be slow to release tackled players. Lamb going for goal from the 10m line.


Worcester are chasing shaddows at the moment - men against boys. Exeter look to have gone through again, but they're pulled back for crossing.


Plenty of noise from the Exeter fans, who are enjoying their day in the Sixways sun so far.

The home fans are pretty much silent, but they haven't had a lot to shout about, to be fair.


TRY Exeter! The visitors are carving through the Warriors tackles with ease at the moment and Sam Hill dives over in the corner after Fetu'u Vainikolo's initial break and more good work from Steenson.

Steenson again finds the target from out wide.

Warriors 3-14 Exeter


Couple of good phases from Warriors, but Lamb punts the ball forward and it runs dead to hand Exeter the put-in just inside the Worcester half.


The fly-half makes amends for his earlier miss with a decent strike.

Warriors 3-7 Exeter


Chance for Lamb to pull back three points as Drauniniu is tackled in the air as he attempts to gather a Lewis up-and-under.


TRY Exeter! Fly-half Gareth Steenson skips past Jonny Arr and then beats two other would-be tacklers to set Exeter up on the Warriors 22. Scrum-half Dave Lewis then spots an unguarded blindside and scampers over. Poor defence from Warriors there.

Steenson adds the extras too. Nightmare start for the hosts.

Warriors 0-7 Exeter


Lamb puts Sam Betty through a hole and the flanker rampgaes into the 22, before finding Fatiaki and then Creevy. Exeter scramble back and the ball is recycled, but Lemi is forced to run cross-field without support and the chance vanishes. Promising signs though.


No good unfortunately. A poor effort that never threatened the posts.


Two quick-fire penalties to Warriors and they are in range for a Ryan Lamb shot at goal.


We're under way, Warriors attacking the North Stand in the first-half.


We're 40 minutes away from kick-off here at Sixways, so here's some pre-match reading for you:

Andy Symons


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