Warriors AASE power way to Finals Day

Warriors AASE side Worcester Sixth Form College powered their way to the AASE Finals Day after thrashing Newcastle’s Gosforth Academy 47-7 at Nunnery Wood Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The win now means they will take on Henley College (Wasps AASE) at Saracens’ Allianz Park on Wednesday 2 December. 

Worcester got off the mark against Newcastle after a well-worked counter-attack that saw the ball worked across the whole width of the pitch for Dan Batty to score, with Sam Hollingsworth converting out wide. 

And the hosts soon ran-in another following a powerful lineout drive by the forwards as Alex Gordon dotted down with Hollingsworth adding another two points from the tee.

Winger Barron Abrahams was then on the end of a great team try, which saw him go in untouched out wide as Hollingsworth made it three conversions out of three.

Gosforth then put Worcester under a sustained period of pressure on the tryline, but the hosts forced a turnover that was kicked up field and ended up with Abrahams crossing for his second of the afternoon.

The next score followed as a result of a flowing move from the backs but it was number eight Ted Hill who got on the end of it and Hollingsworth slotted a fourth conversion. 

Worcester then finished the half with a brilliant set-piece move that saw Stan Mayne score under the posts and fly-half Hollingsworth chipped over another two points to give them an unassailable 40-0 lead at the interval.

The second half was a tighter affair but a Gosforth error allowed Max Hill to get Worcester’s seventh try and Hollingsworth nudged his sixth conversion of the day before a late consolation for the visitors. 

Warriors AASE Manager Ryan Watkins said: “The boys will be quietly confident going into the AASE Finals Day at Allianz Park.

“We've taken maximum points from the play-offs and played some outstanding rugby.”