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Worcester Warriors held to a 16-16 draw at the death by Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership
THERE is a familiar mood around Sixways this evening as Warriors fans trudge dejectedly out of the ground having yet again suffered late heartache.
With no time left on the clock and just a scrum on their own put-in to negotiate before securing their first Aviva Premiership victory of the season, Worcester’s discipline let them down once again.
Andy Goode had nudged Warriors into a 16-13 victory over local rivals Gloucester with less than 30 seconds of the game remaining.
However, Warriors failed to gather the re-start, but were lucky to win a scrum as Gloucester knocked-on, but the visitors turned the screw at the set-piece and won a penalty, which Freddie Burns dispatched to snatch a draw.
Two penalties apiece between Goode and Billy Twelvetrees, plus tries from Henry Trinder and replacement prop James Currie ensured the game was locked at 13-13, before the late drama unfolded.
Warriors head coach Richard Hill said: “It was a bit cruel, but that little bit of accuracy right at the end cost us once again.
“That has cost us two home wins over the last three weeks. Everyone was on red alert when we won the penalty late on after the experience of the Bath game.
“We knew we had to secure the re-start - we didn’t manage to do that, but we still had the scrum. Gloucester had nothing to lose and really went for it with an eight-man push and they had a good scrum, we didn’t and that was it.
“It was a cruel blow for our players to have done so much really well, but not to win the game.”