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Worcester start to sniff safety

19 Feb 2005
Worcester start to sniff safety

The Warriors are now in eighth place, their highest position to date. Quins, on the other hand, are still in deep trouble, and a win for Northampton at Wasps tomorrow will leave them on the bottom rung of the ladder again.

James Brown was the hero for the Warriors, he landed four second-half penalties to take the Warriors 6-15 ahead after they had trailed 6-3 at the break.

The Warriors' pack did enormous damage at the set piece, and Quins suffered at the hands of Chris White's strict application of the rules. Aside from the battle up front there was little invention on offer – much as you would expect from two teams at the wrong end of the table and especially in the wind-swept and damp conditions. Brown and Jeremy Staunton exchanged early penalties, but aside from a menacing brace of bursts from George Harder – one of which was stopped just inches short – neither side went close to the whitewash in the error-strewn opening half. Staunton used the wind to extend the Quins lead on the half-hour, but they were not good value for it. If any of the flurry of punches thrown by Tony Diprose or Craig Gillies in each other's direction had connected, there might have been something to talk about, but their aim was as poor as the quality of play, and White dispensed warnings to both. Worcester came out for the second half with the wind gusting at their backs, and after their pack had applied a further squeeze, Brown levelled the scores at 6-6 on 51 minutes.

The Warriors' pack was now in full ascendancy. Drew Hickey's bullocking run was only halted by an offside player, and Brown handed the Warriors the lead.

When a break-out by Quins was foiled with ten minutes to go, Duffy conceded another penalty for Brown to extend the lead, and the fly-half put the game out of sight after the Worcester pack had shoved Quins back fifteen metres at a scrum.

Staunton found his range for the bonus point, but not many of the Quins fans saw it, as a large number of them had left some ten minutes before the end.

The scorers:

For Harlequins:Pens: Staunton 3

For Worcester:Pens: Brown 5

Harlequins: 15 Tom Williams, 14 Simon Keogh, 13 Gavin Duffy, 12 George Harder, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 Steve So’oialo, 8 Tony Diprose, 7 Andre Vos (c), 6 Nick Easter, 5 Simon Maling, 4 Jim Evans, 3 Ceri Jones, 2 Tani Fuga, 1 Mike WorsleyReplacements: 16 James Hayter, 17 Jon Dawson, 18 Simon Miall, 19 Roy Winters, 20 Luke Sherriff, 21 Dafydd James, 22 Andy Reay

Worcester Warriors: 15 Thinus Delport, 14 Daren O'Leary, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Thomas Lombard, 11 Ben Hinshlewood, 10 James Brown, 9 Matt Powell, 8 Brad MacLeod Henderson, 7 Pat Sanderson, 6 Drew Hickey, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Tim Collier, 3 Chris Horsman, 2 Andre van Niekerk, 1 Tony Windo.Replacements: 16 Lee Fortey, 17 Phil Murphy, 18 Ben Daly, 19 Siaosi Vaili, 20 Neil Cole, 21 Tommy Hayes, 22 Giscard Pieters.

Referee: Chris WhiteTouch judges: Bob Mullis, Peter HuckleAssessor: Ed Morrison

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