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Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 34 Sale Sharks 34

Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg was left rueing another missed opportunity as Sale Sharks came from 31-17 down to salvage a draw at Sixways.

The home side outscored the Sharks by five tries to three but conceded two late scores to record their second draw in four Aviva Premiership Rugby games.

Ryan Lamb’s three conversions and one penalty helped him pass 1000 Aviva Premiership Rugby points during the game – the 17th player to achieve the milestone

Hogg felt his side failed to play the game in the right areas after establishing a lead which eventually came back to haunt them.

“It’s very disappointing as five tries and 34 points should be enough to win you a Premiership game,” he said.

“We made a slow start but we got ourselves back into it and by half-time we looked a very dangerous side and were dominating.

“We had two or three opportunities to put the game to bed, which we didn’t take and in the end ill-discipline in giving them the ball back in the final quarter cost us the win.

“We had the wind in our favour in the second half but we gave away ten penalties, which allowed Sale crucial positions in our 22 and they had a strong enough pack to rumble over.”

Will Addison’s scored twice either side of full-back Jamie Shillcock try for the hosts but Jonny Arr and Perry Humphreys crossed before half-time to give the Warriors the upper hand.

Wynand Olivier secured the try bonus point before Shillcock’s second put the Warriors in control but they weren’t able to hold on.

Sale forwards Neil Briggs and Halani Aulikia both crossed in the final stages to ensure Sharks took three points back up the M6.

And director of rugby Steve Diamond praised fly-half AJ MacGinty’s performance as he awaits the return of several players from the physio’s table.

“Worcester are a better side than they were last year so I’m happy to come away with three points as we are missing six or seven players through injury and we are hoping that the magnificent seven will be back within the next few weeks,” he said.

“At 31-17 I thought we were too far away for a comeback but we got our driving maul going in the last quarter.

“AJ MacGinty was magnificent today. He controlled the game for us and kicked the goals.”

 

Worcester Warriors: Shillcock, Humphreys, Olivier, Willison, Vuna (Adams 78), Lamb, Arr (Baldwin 71), Rapava Ruskin (Leleimalefaga 66), Annett (Bregvadze 62), Schonert (Johnston 66), O’Callaghan (Cavubati 63), Barry, Faosiliva, Kirwan, Dowson

Replacements: Scotland-Williamson, Stelling

 

Sale Sharks: McGuigan, Edwards, Addison, Leota, Odogwu, MacGinty, Stringer (Phillips 58), Lewis-Roberts (Harrison 46), Briggs, Longbottom (Aulika 48), Evans, Mills (Ostrikov 58), Neild, Seymour, Beaumont

Replacements: Pearce, Lund, Morton, Scott.

 

Worcester Warriors

Tries: Shillcock 2, Humphreys, Arr, Olivier

Cons: Lamb 3

Pens: Lamb

Sale Sharks

Tries: Addison 2, Briggs, Aulika

Cons: MacGinty 4

Pens: MacGinty 2

 

Referee: JP Doyle

Attendance: 6,136

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