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London Welsh 33 Worcester Warriors 22

04 May 2013
London Welsh 33 Worcester Warriors 22

London Welsh ended their Aviva Premiership campaign on a high with a 33-22 bonus point victory over Worcester Warriors at the Kassam Stadium.

Dan Caprice sent Welsh on their way with the opening try before he was followed over the whitewash by Alfie To’oala as the home side led 17-3 at the break.

The game looked as good as won when Tom Arscott and Nick Scott went over inside the first 15 minutes of the second-half only for a Josh Drauniniu double to drag Worcester back into the contest.

But while replacement Jake Abbott grabbed a try with the last act of the game it was too little, too late to deny Welsh a final victory.

Welsh went into their final home game of the season on the back of horrible run of defeats but they got off to the perfect start with two converted tries inside the first ten minutes.

Winger Caprice burst through the Warriors defence on four minutes and it got worse for Worcester when Neil Best was sin-binned just before To’oala added another try for the home side.

The visitors’ hopes were raised when Welsh’s Daniel Browne followed Best into the sin bin. The Warriors began pushing forward and thought they’d scored a try of their own, but the referee adjudged that the ball was held up.

Captain Gordon Ross was in fine kicking form, coolly converting a penalty to extend Welsh’s lead to 17-0.

But Ross, along with Kirill Kulemin were both yellow carded, giving the Warriors a numerical advantage going into the break. But a solitary penalty by Andy Goode, in his last game for the club, was all they had to show for their endeavours as they trailed 17-3 going into the break.

The home side continued to dominate proceedings and started the second half strongest and were rewarded with another try.

Worcester struggled to deal with a strong surge by the Welsh forwards, culminating in an easy try for full-back Arscott on 45 minutes.

Ross added another penalty before Scott scored a magnificent solo try to earn Welsh the bonus point, the winger storming down the by line, beating several Worcester tackles.

Winger Drauniniu then scored two converted tries in quick succession to bring Worcester right back into the match.

He intercepted a Welsh pass for the first try before using his pace to sprint through the Welsh defence, beating the tackle of Arscott, for the second.

But Worcester’s hopes of a comeback were dented by Chris Jones’ 71st minute yellow card, the fifth of the match.

Ross scored his third penalty of the match before replacement Abbott scored a late try for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to deny Welsh.

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