Warriors bow out of Singha Sevens in Plate semi-final

Warriors bowed out of the Singha Premiership Sevens after a 29-22 defeat by Gloucester Rugby at Franklin’s Gardens.

Warriors won both of their matches on Friday of the two-day competition to secure a Cup quarter-final spot against Newcastle Falcons, but were pipped by just two points on Saturday afternoon.

The result left them competing in the Plate semi-final on Saturday evening, but with a host of players picking up injuries, Warriors’ shortened squad couldn’t see off local rivals Gloucester as the Cherry and Whites secured a 29-22 victory to progress to the Plate final.

Cup Quarter-Final | Warriors 24-26 Newcastle Falcons

Warriors took the lead early on when Tom Dodd broke through and Max Stelling converted but Newcastle soon strolled into a healthy 21-7 lead after tries for Will Muir, Brett Connon and Cameron Cowell, all converted by the latter.

Warriors were dealt another blow with Stelling going off injured but they bounced back late on with scores for Ben Howard and Buster Lawrence.

However, Adam Radwan put the game to bed with Newcastle’s fourth try, converted by Cowell once again.

Warriors’ never-say-die attitude saw young Ollie Allsopp sprint his way to the tryline from 50 metres with the last play but it meant a two-point loss for Gordon Ross’ side, who fell into the Plate semi-final against Gloucester Rugby.

Warriors 24-26 Newcastle Falcons
Warriors Tries | Tom Dodd, Ben Howard, Buster Lawrence, Ollie Allsopp
Warriors Conversions | Max Stelling, Ben Howard

Newcastle Tries | Will Muir, Brett Connon, Cameron Cowell, Adam Radwan
Newcastle Conversions | Cameron Cowell (4)

Plate Semi-Final | Warriors 22-29 Gloucester Rugby

Warriors took the lead through Huw Taylor before Gloucester replied with scores for Ollie Thorley and Aaron Hinkley to give them a 12-5 lead.

But Worcester hit back to lead 15-12 at the break after Taylor bagged his second and Will Butler touched down.

Gloucester came out of the blocks firing in the second period and after tries for Harry Randall and Will Safe, Warriors were all but finished.

Alex Hearle went in under the sticks late on with Ben Howard converting but Ben Vellacott ended any hopes of a Warriors comeback with a length-of-the-field try at the death.

Warriors 22-29 Gloucester Rugby
Warriors Tries | Huw Taylor (2), Will Butler, Alex Hearle
Warriors Conversions | Ben Howard

Gloucester Rugby Tries | Ollie Thorley, Aaron Hinkley, Will Safe, Harry Randall, Ben Vellacott
Gloucester Rugby Conversions | Harry Randall (2)

Warriors Sevens squad 
2 Buster Lawrence (Birmingham Moseley)
3 Huw Taylor
4 Tom Dodd
5 Ben Howard
6 Max Stelling (C)
7 Nick David
8 Alex Forrester (Hartpury College)
10 Ollie Allsopp
11 Alex Hearle
12 Will Butler