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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 34 Sale Sharks 34

24 Sep 2016
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 34 Sale Sharks 34

Worcester Warriors recorded their second draw of the year as they and Sale Sharks shared nine tries and both scored try bonus points in a 34-34 thriller at Sixways.

Full-back Jamie Shillcock scored his first two Aviva Premiership Rugby tries for the Warriors while Will Addison got a try double for the visitors in the first half.

Jonny Arr, Perry Humphreys and Wynand Olivier also scored tries for the hosts, who saw Ryan Lamb pass 1000 Aviva Premiership Rugby points with three conversions and a penalty.

But late second half scores from forwards Neil Briggs and Halani Aulika saw the Sharks recover from 31-17 down to take a share of the spoils.

In a see-saw first half, Addison gave the Sharks the perfect start with the opening try in just the third minute of the game.

Sale enjoyed numerous phases in the Warriors’ 22 before Byron McGuigan’s offload put the outside centre into a gap for his 12th Aviva Premiership try.

AJ MacGinty’s successful conversion made it 7-0 and his penalty after 14 minutes stretched the visitors lead to ten points.

Full-back Shillcock crossed in the left corner to get Worcester off the mark but they conceded a second try almost immediately.

A loose ball from Lamb was picked up by Addison who had an easy run in under the posts to extend the visitors lead as MacGinty’s conversion made it 17-5 to the Sharks after 20 minutes.

But the Warriors would end the half with the upper hand as, first, scrum-half Arr successfully sniped over the line from a 5m scrum just before the half hour mark.

Winger Perry Humphreys’ incisive line gave him his third try of the season and Lamb’s conversion was enough to give the Warriors the lead for the first time in the game, and at the break, 19-17.

Worcester had a try bonus point barely a minute into the second half as Lamb stepped through the Sharks defence before offloading to former Springbok Olivier to score under the posts.

McGuigan was given a yellow card for the tackle on Lamb, who converted to make it 26-17, after the offload.

Jamie Shillcock then took full advantage of a Warriors turnover in their own 22 to run the length of the field for his second try of the game.

At 31-17 down, MacGinty reduced the deficit by three before hooker Neil Briggs drove over from a 5m line-out to bring the Sharks back within four points.

Lamb knocked over what proved to be a vital penalty for the hosts but a 75th-minute try from Aulikia between the sticks and MacGinty’s conversion levelled the scoreline at 34-34.

The result leaves the Warriors still looking for their first win of the Aviva Premiership season.

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