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Match reaction: Worcester Warriors 52-7 Bristol Bears

Match reaction: Worcester Warriors 52-7 Bristol Bears

Seven tries and a biggest ever margin of victory in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby – it was a pretty perfect day for the Worcester Warriors.

Warriors blitzed past the Bristol Bears 52-7 on a fine afternoon at Sixways as Alan Solomons side up moved up to seventh in the table after six matches ahead of the European break.

Man of the match

Marco Mama, playing against his former club, was simply sensational for the Warriors as they racked up a famous victory at Sixways.

The 27-year-old was at the heart of the home side’s superb display and his own performance was rewarded with a try in the first half as he jinked past two defenders before dotting down.

Mama sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury during pre-season before the start of the last campaign but Alan Solomons will be delighted with how the flanker has returned from injury.

Moment of the match

Bristol would’ve been desperate to get themselves back into the contest after a whirlwind end to the first half.

But all hopes of a comeback were distinguished just moments into the second half as Worcester racked up a fifth try.

Building up the phases, the ball fell to Chris Pennell who was able to muscle his way past the Bristol defence and snipe over from close range.

Try of the match

The Warriors produced two fine interception tries but it was the first of those that really got the Sixways crowd on their feet.

Francois Venter read the Bristol pass beautiful as he clutched onto the ball and rampaged down the pitch to notch up a fourth try of the half for the Warriors.

That gave the Warriors a springboard to notch up three more scores and record a huge victory in front of the home crowd.

What they said

Alan Solomons, director of rugby at Worcester Warriors said: “We’ve spoken about finishing and after a shaky first 10 minutes we got back into it and we were able to build pressure and convert that pressure into points which we haven’t always been able to do. It was very satisfying from that perspective.

“Every chance we got, we pretty much took so that was very useful for us.

“We should’ve won the Wasps game and we should’ve won the Newcastle Falcons games. We were creating opportunities but not finishing them off and I think that’s the key difference today is that we manage to finish off those chances that we created.

Head coach of Bristol Bears, Pat Lam, said: “You get these games and I’ve had this many times as a player and many times as a coach.

“Everyone has different ways to win a game of rugby but if you don’t win the ball and don’t win collisions and turn ball over then it’s very hard. We looked at Worcester and these guys are very good, they could easily be undefeated.

“It’s a tough day but you just have to take it. You take your medicine and learn and move on.”

Worcester Warriors flanker Marco Mama said: “Any time a player plays against his former club you want to put in a good performance, there’s a lot of memories there but today is a very special day for me.

“We’ve got a lot of good carries in the team. We’re at our best when we move the ball. We weren’t just running into brick walls, we showed the ball and made a few passes.

“You make the defence make the decision and that’s when the space opens up and that was very pleasing for me.”

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