Pennell relieved to complete Italian Job

Two-try hero Chris Pennell revealed his relief that the game was completed as the Warriors secured a 34-3 victory over Banca Monte Crocaiti in freezing fog in Italy.

Pennell grabbed a brace of first half tries at Stadio XXV Aprile as Warriors wrapped up the bonus point overseas.

However, the game was arguably more memorably for the difficult playing conditions as thick fog fell on the stadium during a dramatic first half.

Full back Pennell revealed the officials had contemplated abandoning the fixture, but praised the opposition for their determination to get the game complete as Worcester secured a first win in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

“It was certainly quite interesting conditions so to come away with maximum points is absolutely spot on.” admitted Pennell.

“The officials did mention calling an end to it just before half-time, but to be fair the captain from Parma was just as keen to play on and so we are really pleased that we got the game finished.

“We had a good first half and set out to do the basics really well and front up in our pack. That's exactly what we did. We had a commanding lead at half-time in difficult conditions so we have got to be pleased.”

“It was nice to get a couple of tries – I actually scored three in all the confusion the fog,” joked Pennell.

“It all comes from the hard work from the other boys. Both Josh (Drauniniu) and Tom (Arscott) in the first half were superb and it's easy for me to latch on the end of good work.

“It's a try for me on the website but it is down to those guys who have helped me out, I always enjoy playing with them both.”

Pennell also heaped high praise on the travelling Worcester fans who dominated the crowd of 250 and made their voices heard throughout to inspire the Warriors.

“We are incredibly lucky at Worcester to have the fans that we have and it took a huge effort from those guys to come over,” he added.

“Ultimately, they ended up watching a lot of fog and a few shadows, it's a long way to come for that.

“But they have been brilliant and supportive. We definitely heard them, even though we couldn't see them. A huge thank you from all the squad to the fans that have come over.”