WORCESTER Warriors came close to bringing home some silverware in the Premiership Rugby Sevens but fell just short in the Plate final against Gloucester today.

It was an end-to-end game at Franklin’s Gardens with Gloucester racing away to an early 12-0 lead through Dom Coetzer and Jacob Morris.

But the powerful Naca Kinikinilau got Warriors on the scoreboard before the break.

And Chim Gale’s side came out firing in the second period with Nick David adding the finishing touches to a fine move before Luke Scully made it 15-12 with three minutes to play.

However, Gloucester’s Gareth Evans got the game’s decisive score, touching down in the corner with one minute to play to give his side the victory.

Warriors had earned their place in the final with a 26-15 victory over Leicester Tigers with David, Joss Linney and Michael Mellett (2) all crossing the line in a dominant showing.

On Friday night, they went down to two losses in Northampton to miss out on the Cup competition.

Warriors started with a 29-12 loss to Bath before suffering a 28-14 defeat at the hands of Exeter Chiefs.

Worcester enjoyed the upper hand in the opening exchanges of their first game and looked to take advantage of their early possession.

But Bath opened the scoring as Darren Atkins finished in the corner.

Warriors' Kinikinilau was producing some nice offloads as Chim Gale’s young side looked to force their way back into the game.

And they soon turned the game on its head as Linney crossed the whitewash for a quickfire double.

But a Kinikinilau yellow card allowed Tom Doughty to go over for Bath on the stroke of half-time as the sides turned around at 12-12.

Warriors missed a golden chance to take the lead once again when presented with a line-out five metres out and they were punished when Tom de Glanville scored at the other end before Will Butt and Levi Davis made the game safe late on for Bath.

The second game of the evening started in the worst possible way for Warriors as James Short raced through to touch down for Exeter in the opening minute.

Former Worcester academy player George de Cothi made good ground at the other end and Warriors were soon level as Mason Tonks showed good footwork before racing clear.

But Exeter were dominating possession and took a comfortable lead into the interval courtesy of quickfire tries from Argentina international Santiago Cordero and Tom Lawday.

Tom O’Flaherty put Exeter further ahead with their fourth try of the game before Tonks once again illustrated his pace to cruise in for Warriors’ second try.

But it was too little too late as Warriors dropped into the Plate competition.