Worcester Warriors

8 PENNELL – underlined his position as Warriors’ main marksman with a 100 per cent record from the tee, racking up 13 points. My man of the match.

6 Heem – has yet to sparkle in attack since his hat-trick showing against Northampton last month but put in a strong shift defensively.

6 Willison – got stuck in with some big tackles in what was an attractional encounter but did not get the ball in his hands as much as he would have liked.

7 Mills – set up Adams’ first try with a clever kick through and chipped in with some dogged work at the breakdown, securing two turnovers.

8 Adams – went to the top of the Premiership’s try-scoring charts after notching a brace in the first half to take his total to eight. The second of those was a stunning effort.

6 Lance – his lapse in concentration when he took his eye off the ball put his side under pressure as it led to Irish’s first score which triggered a fightback.

6 Hougaard – still looks a little rusty as his kicking let him down at times but his presence is enough to give Warriors the belief to wrap up the victory.

7 Waller – a solid showing from the loosehead prop who scrummaged well and got around the park.

7 Singleton – put in countless tackles and was accurate with his throwing as Warriors lost just one of their 15 line-outs.

Schonert – was struggling with a back problem in the lead up to the game and lasted just 13 minutes before being forced off with an ankle injury.

6 O’Callaghan – threw himself into every challenge but received some stern words from referee Wayne Barnes following his tussle with Fainga’a.

7 Spencer – a powerful display from the lock who made some notable carries but will be disappointed to have failed to stop Lewington on his way to the tryline.

8 Denton – is in great form at the moment as he was in the thick of the action again, carrying hard and appeared to get better as the match wore on.

6 Lewis – Lewington proved too quick for the flanker as he slipped past him before going over but the Welshman helped shutout Irish in the closing moments.

7 van Velze – returning to the team after recovering from a rib injury, the number eight was dominant at the lineout and got through a lot of defensive work.

Replacements: Milasinovich 6 (Schonert 13), Olver 6 (Lance 58), Taufete’e 5 (Singleton 63), Bower 6 (Waller 63), Barry 6 (O’Callaghan 63), Fa’osiliva (Denton 63), Humphreys (Willison 77). Not used: Dowsett.

Referee: Wayne Barnes.

Attendance: 9,647.

London Irish: Tonks (Bell 53 (Northcote-Green 66); Cokanasiga, Fowlie (Tikoirotuma 58), McLean, Lewington; Marshall, Meehan (Steele 49); Reid (Elrington 58), Fainga’a (Woolstencroft 58), Du Plessis (Chawatama 58), van der Merwe, Paulo (De Chaves 74), Coman, Cowan, Treviranus.


5-0: Adams try, 4mins.

7-0: Pennell converts, 5mins.

10-0: Pennell penalty, 21mins.

10-3: Tonks penalty, 34mins.

10-8: Lewington try, 38mins.

15-8: Adams try, 40mins.

17-8: Pennell converts, 40mins.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 17-8 London Irish.

20-8: Pennell penalty, 49mins.

23-8: Pennell penalty, 54mins.

Full-time: Worcester Warriors 23-8 London Irish.