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Match Report: Leicester Tigers 37-44 Worcester Warriors

23 Sep 2018
Match Report: Leicester Tigers 37-44 Worcester Warriors

Gallagher Premiership Rugby debutante Ted Hill’s last-minute try gave Worcester Warriors a dramatic triumph over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

The hosts looked to have clawed their way back to level the game as George Ford scored a wonder-try late on, but Hill piled over in the 79th minute to secure the first victory for the Warriors this season – the second successive time they have earned a win at the venue.

It was an electric start to the game, with Duncan Weir dotting down in the opening minute and converting his own score to get Warriors rolling, only to do exactly the same three minutes later and put the visitors 14-0 up.

Warriors had a third mid-way through the first half through Jack Singleton crashing over the line, with only two penalties by Ford in between as a reply.

Tigers did manage to cross the whitewash just after though, as Guy Thompson burrowed over from a driving maul.

Chris Pennell got the bonus-point try just after half an hour, after Warriors turned the ball over and Weir sent them forward, with Bryce Heem almost making it over in the corner before the ball made its way out wide for Pennell to dive over.

Weir slotted his second penalty just before the break to take his personal tally to 20 for the first half, leaving Tigers with a huge hill to climb.

And what a second 40 it was, with 19-year-old Hill continuing Warriors momentum with his first score after the visitors stole the ball off the back of a line-out.

Jonny May pulled Tigers back into the game just five minutes later, latching on to a chip over the top from Ford to beat two defenders and speed to the line.

Their comeback hopes were given yet another boost when David Denton muscled his way over from close range, with Ford adding the extras.

The gap was then cut to just nine points as Sione Kalamafoni added Tigers’ fourth, before Ford again slotted the conversion to leave them needing another converted try to draw.

That score came through a stunning solo effort from the England No. 10, as Ford played a lovely dummy to create a gap and race to the line, then once more added the extras to level the scores with only five minutes left.

The game was not yet concluded though, as incredible scenes at the death saw Heem in space down the left and Hill found a way over the line right in the corner.

Weir nailed the conversion and Warriors walked away from Welford Road with their heads held high yet again for their first victory of the 2018/19 season.



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