WORCESTER just missed out on a try bonus point as they beat Moseley Oak 28-11 in their Midlands One West home opener.

Tom Biggs scored the first try from a close-range surge after good work from Dave White but could not convert.

Worcester continued to put Oak under pressure and after a high tackle Biggs increased their lead.

Both teams searched for openings but Oak replied with a penalty for not releasing.

They then levelled after a quick break when Worcester were guilty of an overthrow from their own line-out.

The home scrum was in the ascendancy with Richard Ralph, David Whiting and Alex Peel prominent.

Biggs stroked over another penalty to regain the lead.

Worcester enjoyed territorial advantage and the Moseley scrum struggled to keep them at bay.

A pushover try from Tim Ohlson converted by Biggs stretched the lead.

From a close-range scrum Worcester's forwards drove a larger, heavier pack back and were awarded a penalty try to make it 25-8 at the break.

Worcester's defence stood up to second-half pressure and only conceded a penalty.

Biggs stroked over another three points but the hosts could not find the bonus-point try and lost Olly Meadows to the sin-bin.

A solid performance against a strong side saw Jack Dutton voted Worcester's man of the match Promoted Droitwich kicked off the Midlands Two West (South) season in style with a 73-10 home thrashing of Old Yardleians.

Charlie Yip (2), Pete Knight, Mark Strutt and Sam O’Brien scored first-half tries with four converted by Bobby Scott-Walker.

Scott-Walker came off injured but Ruben Staite (2), Luke Topping, Strutt, Brad Smith and Matt Barnes added to the try count with Nat Maginnis converting five.

Malvern won the county derby 39-17 at promoted Evesham.

The visitors' pack drove over to open the scoring and Rob Cook converted.

Skipper Tom Hale and debutant scrum-half George Parsons also scored tries with Cook adding the extras and a penalty.

Hale got the bonus-point try and Ben King scored a fifth with Cook completing the scoreline with the boot.


Midlands One West: Bromsgrove 33 Burton 31; Stourbridge Lions 25 Hereford 26.

Division Two West (North): Kidderminster 22 Veseyans 24.

Division Three West (South): Bromyard 15 Upton 33; Ledbury 22 Rugby St Andrews 15.

Division Four West (South): Birmingham Civil Service 52 Tenbury 19; Claverdon 42 Redditch 20; Coventrians 48 Pershore 5.

Division Five West (North): Chaddesley Corbett 36 Stourport 12; Greyhound 32 Linley 12.