A LAST ditch try from Gloucester-Hartpury's Robyn Lock denied Worcester Warriors Women a huge derby win in their Allianz Premier 15s clash at Hartpury on Saturday afternoon.

Worcester had to settle for two points (losing bonus and try-scoring bonus) from the game that does see them move up the table into seventh but it was case of what might have been for Jo Yapp's side.

Warriors were 24-21 ahead with the clock at zero, only for Lock to burrow over from close-range and seal victory for the Cherry and Whites in dramatic fashion.

A hat-trick from the impressive Sioned Harries and a score from Alex Callender pushed their hosts all the way but they couldn't hold on.

Just like their previous fixture against Sale Sharks, Warriors had it all to do at half-time having conceded three first-half tries to see them 21-10 down at the break.

The hosts led as early as the seventh minute when skipper Zoe Aldcroft motored her way past a series of would-be tacklers to touchdown. Emma Sing, who was impeccable from the kicking tee throughout the contest, added the extras to put the hosts ahead at 7-0.

The visitors responded three minutes later as Meg Varley’s barnstorming 40 metre carry got her side to within a whisker of the try line before Sioned Harries sniped over for her first. Sarah Nicholas was unable to convert and Warriors trailed 7-5.

The Cherry and Whites extended their advantage on 17 minutes through Kelly Smith, the wing sprinting in with ease after a Warriors handling error on half-way had tipped the balance. Sing’s excellent conversion made it 14-5.

On 23 minutes Harries registered the second of her tries and arguably the best of the bunch, crossing the whitewash after leaving a flurry of Gloucester defenders in her wake on her way to the line.

Looking like they would be going into the break just 14-10 down, the home side rallied for their third try, with Aldcroft notching up her second of the game which was duly converted by Sing to put her side 21-10 in front at the interval.

Warriors came out for the second half all guns blazing and got themselves back in it as Callender dotted down. The Wales capped back-row emerged from a heap of bodies having crashed over from close-range, with Nicholas slotting home the two points to cut the gap to 21-17.

The visitors continued to dominate territory in the minutes that immediately followed their try as they looked to get their noses in front – the tension too much to bare at times as Warriors looked to throw the ball around the park in expansive style.

Warriors were rewarded for their endeavour in attack when Harries sealed her hat-trick seven minutes from time to edge her side 22-21 ahead. Harries forced her way over on the back of excellent build-up play which needed an air of patience as they worked through the phases. Nicholas made no mistake with the conversion and her side needed to hold on to their 24-21 advantage going into the final three minutes.

With the clock ticking down, the hosts were awarded a penalty for a high tackle which was pumped into touch deep inside Warriors’ 22. Clean ball at the lineout presented the Cherry and White forward line with the opportunity to muscle their way towards the try line and eventually Lock scythed over to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.