WITH Worcester Warriors, sadly, no longer with us, the Worcester News takes a look back to the last time they played on this day.

Four years ago today (December 20) Worcester Warriors made the trip to Kingsholm to take on rivals Gloucester in the M5 Derby, under the lights.

The hosts made hard work of it for an hour but four tries in 12 minutes forced the Warriors to surrender as Gloucester triumphed in bonus-point fashion.

It was a game remembered for the then 18-year-old Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit, who was at the heart of victory, scoring two tries and creating another for centre Chris Harris, while flanker Ruan Ackermann and number eight Ben Morgan also touched down.

After the game, the Cherry and Whites' boss Johan Ackermann predicted a "bright future" for Rees-Zammit, who has gone on to represent both Wales and the British and Irish Lions.

Worcester were on the board first with a Duncan Weir penalty but conceded 36 unanswered points from the 40th minute onwards as Gloucester cut loose on the back of Rees-Zammit’s excellence.

Willi Heinz captained Gloucester on his first appearance since suffering a hamstring injury during England’s World Cup campaign, while prop Val Rapava Ruskin packed down against his former club.

Hooker Matt Moulds marked his first Premiership start in place of the injured Niall Annett by skippering Worcester, while centre Ryan Mills recovered from a hamstring problem.

The Warriors, seeking a third successive league win, started brightly and went ahead when Weir kicked an eighth-minute penalty.

Gloucester responded strongly, though, with 18-year-old Rees-Zammit running strongly and kicking into space before Heinz gathered possession and touched down, but the scrum-half was adjudged offside.

The home side lost three lineouts on their own throw during the opening quarter, yet they almost scored from a set-piece drive when Morgan rumbled over Worcester’s line but knocked on in the act of touching down.

Weir missed an angled penalty attempt that would have doubled Worcester’s advantage and Cipriani quickly followed suit, hitting the post with a long-range strike.

Gloucester pressure began to build in concerted fashion, yet errors riddled their forwards’ best efforts and Worcester remained in front despite playing on the back foot.

Cipriani opened his team’s account with a penalty in the 40th minute, meaning an underwhelming opening period ended all square.

And there was no change to the script in the third quarter as Gloucester continued monopolising territory and possession, before they gained a temporary one-man advantage when Mills was sin-binned for a technical offence.

Mills’ absence proved too much for Worcester to counteract and Gloucester took a 59th-minute lead when Ackermann crashed over for a try that Cipriani converted.

The home side then struck again before Worcester could regroup as Rees-Zammit brilliantly freed Harris for a superb score, then the wing gathered Billy Twelvetrees’ kick and stormed past Warriors full-back Chris Pennell for another.

Worcester were finished and a bonus-point score arrived eight minutes from time when Gloucester reverted to their forwards and Morgan scored.

The win took Gloucester from seventh to third, one point above Exeter, with Rees-Zammit’s second touchdown and another Cipriani conversion sealing an emphatic success.

Gloucester: T Marshall; L Rees-Zammit, C Harris, M Atkinson, O Thorley; D Cipriani,W Heinz; V Rapava Ruskin, F Marais, F Balmain; A Craig, F Mostert; R Ackermann, L Ludlow, B Morgan.

Replacements: T Gleave, J Hohneck, J Ford-Robinson, G Grobler, F Clarke, J Simpson, B Twelvetrees, C Sharples.

Worcester:  C Pennell; P Humphreys, A Beck, R Mills, M Nanai; D Weir, F Hougaard; C Black, M Moulds (c), N Schonert; A Bresler, G Kitchener; T Hill, S Lewis, C du Preez.

Replacements: J Taufete’e, R Bower, C Carey, M Fatialofa, G J Van Velze, M Heaney, J Lance, J Shillcock.

Referee: Christophe Ridley.

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