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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 44 Harlequins 13

28 Apr 2018
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 44 Harlequins 13

Worcester Warriors secured their Aviva Premiership Rugby status for next season and signed off at Sixways in style with a bonus-point win over a struggling Harlequins.

On a day that saw Warriors skipper Donncha O’Callaghan end a glittering 20-year professional career and Chris Pennell pass 200 appearances for the club – the final home game of the season started in superb fashion and got better from there.

Bryce Heem, Jackson Willison, Darren Barry and Ben Te’o all went over in the first half for the hosts as they put Quins to the sword – the bonus point enough to confirm their top-flight status for next season.

Charlie Walker’s first-half score and Marcus Smith’s boot meant Quins – despite a yellow card for Danny Care – were not out of the clash at half time, trailing only 25-13 after a wayward day from the tee for Kingsley Jones.

But Francois Hougaard’s fine solo effort soon after the resumption put the game to bed for Warriors before Jamie Shillcock and Willison went over to seal victory and send them to Franklin’s Gardens next weekend for their final game of the season full of confidence.

Heem cut in from the right for Warriors’ first before Walker benefited from Danny Care’s quick tap to dance clear and respond for the visitors.

But that was a false dawn as Willison forced his way over down the left, Barry barged over under the posts and Te’o danced clear down the right to secure a bonus point and put Warriors out in front.

Hougaard then shrugged off three Quins tacklers on his way to the try line after the break and Warriors were home and hosed at 30-13.

O’Callaghan was then given a rousing reception on the hour mark when replaced before Jamie Shillcock grabbed a sixth and Willison completed his double.

Quins’ only away win of the league season came at Wasps all the way back in September and this was not the farewell they will have wanted to give John Kingston as they failed to make their late pressure tell in search of a consolation.