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Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 12-31 Worcester Warriors

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 12-31 Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors produced a scintillating first-half display as they ran in five tries to consign Leicester Tigers to defeat in the Premiership Rugby Cup at Welford Road.

The Warriors went into the game on a run of four wins on the bounce, including last week’s cup triumph over Sale Sharks, and picked up where they left off, notching up four scores before the 30-minute mark.

Tigers showed character to respond in the second period, but had left themselves too much to do as Worcester saw out the win – their third in a row at Welford Road.


Bryce Heem grabbed two tries, both of them at opportune moments for the Warriors, as he capped an impressive performance for the visitors.

His first finished off a beautiful Worcester move to seal the bonus point, while his second padded the Warriors’ lead with Leicester attempting to launch a comeback early in the second period.

The Kiwi’s experience told against a Leicester side sprinkled with promising young talent, and his contribution proved the key for the visiting side.


Ted Hill set the tone for the contest when he scored with the first attack of the game.

The 19-year-old spotted a gap after a sold line-out deep into Leicester territory and dove through for the try.

And from that point on, Worcester never looked back, crossing on three more occasions before the break without conceding.


There were several to choose from in a match blessed with beautiful scores.

The Warriors grabbed three in twenty first-half minutes, coming from fabulous breaks deep in their own territory.

But it was Francois Hougaard’s effort that arguably just pipped Duncan Weir’s before it, as Worcester ran it the length of the field thanks to some fluid passing, before the South African added the finishing touches.


Warriors try-scorer Bryce Heem said:

“Winning is always awesome, especially to come back to Welford Road and get another W – the boys are ecstatic.

“I think it comes down to the boys seeing what’s in front of them and playing what’s on. Some awesome skills from our forwards and then the backs finishing it off.

“These cup games are huge for our momentum as a team. We put out a strong side tonight and it’s a good chance to get our young boys in to play with some experienced guys.”

Leicester Tigers coach Brett Deacon said:

“I’m disappointed and a little bit embarrassed. Credit to the players because they came back and won the second half 12-7 but I’m tremendously disappointed.”

“We didn’t do anything we spoke about in the week. What we practised didn’t happen. Maybe that was because of the strength of the Worcester side, that was probably a big factor. But we didn’t manage the first kick-off with an individual error.”


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