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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 41 Bristol Rugby 24

05 Mar 2017
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 41 Bristol Rugby 24

Francois Hougaard and Bryce Heem were instrumental as Worcester Warriors secured a try bonus point in beating Bristol Rugby 41-24 at Sixways Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The vital five-point win moves the Warriors seven points clear of Bristol in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and within five of Sale Sharks in tenth.

Hougaard scored one and fed Heem for a second try as the Warriors scored four first-half tries with the Worcester winger touching down again after the break.

Max Crumpton and Tom Varndell added late consolation tries for Bristol Rugby.

Warriors could not have had a better start to the game as Bristol’s Dan Tuohy was penalised, and shown a yellow card, for entering a driving maul heading towards the try line in the side.

Referee Wayne Barnes had no hesitation in awarding the hosts a penalty try with barely two minutes played and Ryan Mills converted before adding a penalty to make it 10-0.

With 15 minutes played Bryce Heem was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle and Gavin Henson was soon able to get Bristol on the scoreboard with a penalty kick.

But the influential Hougaard had his try when he collected an overthrown Bristol lineout and danced past Jordan Crane and held off Varndell for Worcester’s second try.

Mills was once again on target with the boot to make the score 17-3 with 20 minutes played.

A five metre driving maul was then the instrument for Bristol’s first try with fly-half Jason Woodward cutting a nice line at first receiver to dart over.

Henson added the conversion but Worcester had their third try soon after as Will Spencer crashed over to extend the home side’s lead to 24-10 with Mills’ conversion.

And another excellent run from scrum-half Hougaard set up the bonus point score as he collected a Warriors line out and stormed through a gap before offloading to Heem for an easy run in.

Mills added the conversion to give the Warriors a 31-10 lead at the break.

After 20 scoreless second half minutes, most of which saw the Warriors on the defensive, the hosts had their fifth try of the afternoon through Heem.

The winger was part of the initial break and then found himself outside Josh Adams who timed his pass perfectly to put Heem into the corner uncontested for a 36-10 lead.

Crumpton stretched over from close range for the visitors’ second try to give Bristol hope with Henson adding the conversion with 12 minutes left to play before an interception try from his own 22 for Varndell.

But Wynand Olivier gave Worcester the final say as he collected a kick through from Mills to dive over as Warriors’ surpassed 40 points for just the second time in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

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