Alex Grove’s double helped Worcester Warriors seal their second Aviva Premiership Rugby victory of the season thanks to a 28-20 home win against Newcastle Falcons.
Without a victory since their opening-day triumph over Northampton Saints, the Warriors had already wrapped up their try bonus-point before the break following a frenetic and entertaining first 40 minutes.
Tries for Chris Pennell, debutant Bryce Heem and the recalled Grove had them 28-17 up, although the Falcons also played their part in the entertainment with Micky Young and Tom Catterick crossing to keep the visitors in touch.
Falcons improved after the break with Catterick notching an early penalty but they were not able to close the gap any further as their search for their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win of the season goes on.
The Warriors were forced into a late change pre-match with captain GJ van Velze ruled out, Phil Dowson moving to number eight and Matt Cox coming at flanker.
But it didn’t seem to deter the hosts as they got the first try on the board after just five minutes through Pennell.
Heem broke through an initial tackle before eventually being brought down five metres short of the line, but a long pass from Jonny Arr freed up Pennell to go over on the right, before Tom Heathcote added the extras.
Falcons looked to respond when they were awarded a penalty on eight minutes following an infringement at the breakdown but Mike Delany’s kick came back off the post.
But Delany got a chance to go for the posts on 13 minutes, this time for a conversion after Falcons’ Young touched down.
Ally Hogg was the instigator with a quick break before offloading to the supporting Young to cross and set Newcastle on the way to level the match.
Newcastle were on the receiving end of the biggest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby home defeat last weekend to Exeter Chiefs.
And they were to concede a second try of the afternoon on 20 minutes when a cross-kick from Heathcote was flicked on by Pennell to Heem, who raced through much to the delight of the home fans.
Heathcote’s conversion made it 14-7 as the game continued at pace, with both sets of players not afraid to go on the attack.
But when Newcastle lost the ball at the breakdown just short of the half hour mark, the Warriors pounced again with Heathcote playing in Grove to add a third try – the former successful with his conversion for 21-7.
The visitors pulled a penalty back through Delany from 30m out after Worcester were penalised from collapsing the scrum.
But the Warriors wrapped up the try bonus point three minutes before the break as they broke with pace into Newcastle’s 22 and Grove was the man went over on the right, with Heathcote converting.
There was still time for a sixth try of the first 40 minutes, when the Falcons replied with their own attack full of pace.
Juan Pablo Socino started the move, before a Delany show-and-go eventually resulted in Catterick going over and Delany’s conversion left the score at 28-17 at half-time.
It was the Falcons who came out the stronger after the break with Socino and Delany looking to make the early gains.
The visitors were rewarded with a penalty on 49 minutes and Catterick, taking on kicking duties while Delany received treatment, reduced the deficit to just eight points.
After the high-paced first half, the second 40 was a much tighter affair but Newcastle continued to try and apply the pressure.
However, errors were starting to creep in from both sides and when Heem stole possession and kicked in behind, Worcester were suddenly on the attack and just metres away from Newcastle’s line.
But replacement Ben Howard could not make it to the line as the Falcons’ defence held out.
A late penalty for Ryan Lamb then went wide of the posts for Worcester, while Newcastle's Tom Penny was just unable to find Alesana Tuilagi, but the hosts held firm to emerge victorious.