Warriors AASE target Finals Day

Warriors AASE side Worcester Sixth Form College have gone one step closer to the AASE Finals Day at Allianz Park in December after fighting back to beat Northampton Saints’ Moulton College last Wednesday. 

The hosts got off to a flier scoring under the posts after just 15 minutes but Worcester bounced back with two Sam Hollingsworth penalties to make it 7-6 at the break. 

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Moulton scoring a try through the middle and converting to make the score 14-6. 

But Worcester responded with a well-worked team try which saw Barron Abrahams break down the right wing before offloading to Max Craven who scored in the corner. 

Moulton extended their lead immediately afterwards by hitting two long-range penalties to make it 20-11 and looked set for the win, but the young Warriors AASE side had different ideas. 

They ran-in three quick-fire tries with the first coming after sustained pressure on the Moulton tryline.

Abrahams was on hand to grab the ball after it spilled out of the ruck allowing him to run under the posts and Hollingsworth converted.

The next try came from Hollingsworth, who powered his way over the line to score out wide before Worcester’s fourth and final try came from Abrahams who got on the end of a very clever kick from Craven, and fly-half Hollingsworth again converted to make it 30-20. 

The last play of the game saw Moulton score a converted try but it was merely a consolation as Worcester grabbed the win. 

AASE Manager Ryan Watkins said: “We showed real grit and character to come back and win after being behind for most of the game.

“It’s in our hands now to make the Finals Day which is exactly where we want to be.”

Worcester Sixth Form College will now take on Gosforth Academy (Newcastle) at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex on Wednesday 18 November.

A win would book a place at Finals Day at Saracens’ Allianz Park on Wednesday 2 December – which could see them face either Henley College (Wasps) or Ivybridge (Exeter).