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Warriors leave it late for bonus point in Bucharest

11 Dec 2011
Warriors leave it late for bonus point in Bucharest

Worcester Warriors coach Richard Hill was a relieved man after his side were pushed all the way before beating Bucharest Wolves 24-13 in Pool One of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Worcester needed a win to keep their hopes of a place in the quarter-finals alive and remain in touch with Pool leaders Stade Francais

And with tries from Josh Drauniniu and Jake Abbott setting up a 12-6 half-time lead the Warriors were well set to push on in the second half.

But Bucharest, who featured a number of Romanian internationals fresh from their World Cup experience, had other ideas. After holding Worcester out with some dogged defence the Wolves, spurred on by some vociferous support, inched their way towards the visitors' line to allow scrum-half Florin Surugiu to score a try.

Florin Vlaicu added the conversion to his two first half penalties and with just 20 minutes to play Worcester faced a deficit.

Full back Errie Claassens' maiden Worcester try put the Warriors back in front, but while nerves were settled somewhat they had to wait until the very last play to record the bonus point.

A quickly tapped penalty was sent to James Currie, and when the prop barged past two players to score he sent his teammates into raptures.

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