Match reaction: Exeter Chiefs 5 Worcester Warriors 6
Worcester Warriors are toasting one of their most memorable 80 minutes in recent history after Chris Pennell’s penalty double fired them to a first-ever win over Exeter Chiefs in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
A supreme defensive effort helped Alan Solomons’ troops edge out an historic 6-5 victory at Sandy Park.
Man of the match – Chris Pennell
It couldn’t be anyone else – with two nerveless long-range penalties, full-back Pennell was the hero of the hour for Worcester.
He’ll thank his teammates for their efforts in safeguarding those two first-half kicks but the 30-year-old is the one with his name up in lights.
Try of the match
They may have suffered the first defeat of the season but Exeter did manage the contest’s only try.
After refusing a kick at goal just before the hour-mark, the hosts laid siege to the Worcester defence and Mitch Lees powered over.
Moment of the match
Having battened down the hatches for long swathes, Worcester were finally able to celebrate a famous triumph as Exeter’s last roll of the dice failed to pay dividends.
The Chiefs’ Matt Kvesic spilled the ball as he was challenged by Ryan Bower and the Warriors were finally able to begin their celebrations.
What they said:
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “I thought, at the end; we were not going to lose this game.
“The players made up their mind there and then – we were not going to lose this game whatever happened.
“They’re over the moon and so they should be. They performed incredibly. I’ve said to them they must enjoy the moment.
“The players will look back on this game one day. That’s what I believe. You create memories for yourself.
“When you look back on your life, they’re beacons of memory – this is one of them.”
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said: “In the Premiership, you get the result you deserve and we deserved nothing.
“It’s rare that we only score five points, so great credit to Worcester, who were more physical than us and won the breakdown area.
“I don’t know how we got so close as they had far more composure than we did, for we gave up a lot of ball.”
Social media reaction:
Had some big upsets in my coaching history .. very few can surpass beating Exeter away…Pride can’t describe what I feel for our boys…they are all heart .All credit goes to them..but never be satisfied keep head down and keep working hard..we have a way to go…@WorcsWarriors
— Omar Mouneimne (@omarsedefence) February 10, 2018
Unbelievable effort by the boys today. When you believe anything is possible ‼️COYW pic.twitter.com/FjXoaNhXHd
— Francois Hougaard (@Francoishougi) February 10, 2018
— Chris Pennell (@chris_pennell) February 10, 2018
— nicholas white (@white_nic) February 10, 2018