Match Stats - Fix Info
Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
Josh Adams crossed for a double as Worcester Warriors claimed their first-ever win at Welford Road to make it back to back Aviva Premiership Rugby victories.
Bottom of the table and winless after seven rounds of league action, the Warriors have hit their stride in spectacular style and Leicester Tigers were powerless to stop them as the visitors held on for a bonus point win on Saturday.
Despite being on a six-match winning run in the league, the Tigers were caught cold by the Warriors who had three tries in the first half.
First the Warriors pack produced a rolling maul and Alafoti Faosiliva emerged at the bottom of the pile of bodies as the try scorer.
And then Adams dived onto Ryan Mills’ clever kick for their second try inside six minutes, Chris Pennell converting one of the two scores for a 12-0 lead.
The Tigers were never going to roll over on home soil however, especially considering they have beaten Worcester every time they have faced each other on this ground – a run that stretches back to the 19th century.
Mike Fitzgerald finally got the Tigers try that their pressure was threatening as the first half wore on, the lock cutting back after the ball was spread left to dive over.
Joe Ford – deputising for his younger brother George on England duty – slotted the extras and a subsequent penalty to trim the lead to 12-10.
But Adams then struck again for Warriors, cutting a superb line off an inside pass from Jono Lance to burst clear and shrug off Matt Smith for a fine solo score.
Pennell’s conversion meant it was looking like a 19-10 scoreline at the break before a rolling maul from the Tigers well past the 40-minute mark produced their second try – Sam Harrison the scorer.
Leading 19-17 at the break, the Warriors wasted little time in stretching their lead in the second half and what a try it was.
Bryce Heem led the breakout from his own 22 and when the ball was spread right Pennell and Faosiliva combined to put Jack Singleton in the corner for their fourth try and a bonus point.
Pennell’s conversion made it a nine-point lead at 26-17 and as the hour mark came and went the Tigers could not close the gap.
Nick Schonert was shown a yellow card just after the hour mark and when Ford slotted a penalty soon after the lead was only six points with Warriors a man down and a quarter of an hour to go.
But Mills showed some magic to swivel over the line for their fifth try and despite Gareth Owen’s late score that made it a dramatic finish, Gary Gold’s side held on for a famous win.