Warriors pay for leaking simple tries; RUGBY UNION.
HARLEQUINS 45 WORCESTER 37 HARLEQUINS continued their impressive start to the Anglo-Welsh Cup competition with a bonus-point win over Worcester in a frenetic game at Twickenham Stoop.
After last weekend's late 30-29 victory at Saracens, this was only slightly easier for the hosts, who were made to fight all the way by a lively Warriors side containing very few Premiership regulars.
Tim Visser, Mat Luamanu, Harry Sloan, James Chisholm, Dino Lamb, Alofa Alofa and James Lang scored tries for Quins, with Lang converting five of them.
Dean Hammond scored three tries for Worcester, Max Stelling, Darren Barry and Ben Howard one each, with Sam Olver converting two and kicking a penalty.
Warriors coach Sam Vesty said: "It's very frustrating as we showed some great attacking intent but we have to stop leaking simple tries. Quins play a fast game and caught us off guard but we should be in control of that.
"Dean is really in form and his finishing is incredible. That's five tries here in two weeks so they should put down a flag for him. This competition is great as it gives the youngsters a chance to show what they've got."
Next up for Worcester is a key home Premiership game against Northampton next Saturday and Vesty said: "It's a massive game but we've played well over the last few weeks. The boys have built up a lot of confidence so I'm hoping we can pick up our first league win."
Quins coach Nick Easter praised his players for coming through a difficult afternoon.
"We are pleased to pick up a bonus-point win but it was a very disjointed game with both scrum-halves going off,'' he said. "They both suffered shoulder injuries and Marcus (Smith) had to come on and play there and at one stage packed down at No.8 in a scrum.
"The guys had to learn very quickly and we had to juggle bodies but we are not happy to concede so many tries.
However, we battled hard in the last 10 minutes to preserve our lead."
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Nov 13, 2017|
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