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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 23 London Irish 8

22 Dec 2017
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 23 London Irish 8

A Josh Adams-inspired Worcester Warriors moved ten points clear of bottom club London Irish in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table with a 23-8 win at Sixways.

Adams is this season’s leading Aviva Premiership Rugby try scorer after two scores on Friday with full-back Chris Pennell knocking over 13 points from the tee.

A spectacular individual effort from Alex Lewington had given Irish hope before the break but Pennell punished their ill-discipline with two second-half penalties.

Ryan Mills created the opening try with a delightful chip through and with Irish unable to cover, Adams was able to storm through and dive over the line.

Pennell converted and then nailed a long-range penalty to extend the home side’s lead but Greig Tonks replied with the Exiles’ first points of the evening.

Trailing 10-3, Lewington produced a moment of magic to bring his side right back into contention, running across the field before sending a grubber kick through.

Adams was unable to collect the bouncing ball and Lewington pounced for his 24th Aviva Premiership Rugby try to reduce the arrears to 10-8.

But the Warriors’ wing made an almost immediate amends as a training ground move from the hosts sent him through a gap but he still beat two defenders before dotting down his second score.

Pennell was once again on target with the boot to give the Warriors a 17-8 lead at the break.

The full-back added a further penalty in the second half and when Wayne Barnes, breaking the league record with his 191st game in charge, penalised Tonks, Pennell made it 23-8.

Blair Cowan dived over in the corner late on but the TMO review found an excellent try-saving tackle from Francois Hougaard saw the Irish forward drop the ball.

Warriors’ Joe Taufete’e was shown a yellow card as Irish pushed for a last minute try but were ultimately unsuccessful and left Sixways empty-handed.