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Sixways
Att TBC
Sat 30 Apr 22

Highlights & report | Worcester Warriors 16-38 Saracens

Warriors were given another hard lesson in finishing, this time by the Gallagher Premiership’s in-form side.

Warriors spent long periods of the game in Saracens’ territory but had only a try from Tom Howe two minutes from time to show for their pressure.

In contrast, Saracens were ruthless and efficient when they entered the 22 and scored six tries, four of them from full-back Max Malins.

There were a couple of lucky bounces of the ball but Warriors were also punished when they turned over possession as Saracens secured a bonus point win and a home semi-final.

There was no lack of heart or commitment from Warriors at the end of a gruelling three-match week, it was just an afternoon when Saracens, with  12 internationals in their starting XV, had just too much ammunition to fire back.

A long run from Gareth Simpson, who picked up a stray pass close to the line, in the first half went unrewarded and instead Warriors needed three penalties from Fin Smith to ensure they turned around only eight points down.

Malins went over for his first try after five minutes and Ben Earl added a second when Warriors kicked a penalty to touch, Graham Kitchener tapped down the lineout but the ball eluded Gareth Simpson and bounced kindly for Ben Earl who had an untroubled run to the line.

Wing Rotimi Segun crossed midway through the half while Smith ensured Warriors had some reward by nibbling away at the lead.

An early score in the second half would have made things interesting. When it came it was Malins who ghosted through for the bonus point try which put the game to bed.

Malins soon competed his hat-trick and added his fourth nine minutes from time before Warriors got a consolation try.

It came after a sustained period of pressure which stretched Saracens’ defence and gave Howe his ninth try of the season and 37th of his Warriors career.

Warriors now have a five week break from Premiership rugby before Bath Rugby visit Sixways for the season’s finale on June 4.
The players will have a ten-day break before returning to training ahead of the Premiership Rugby Cup final against London Irish at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Warriors | 15 Noah Heward, 14 Perry Humphreys, 13 Oli Morris (Beck 65), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Tom Howe, 10 Fin Smith (Searle 51), 9 Gareth Simpson (Chudley 51), 1 Rory Sutherland (Waller 56), 2 Niall Annett (Miller 56), 3 Christian Judge (McCallum 56), 4 Joe Batley (A Kitchener 61), 5 Graham Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (C), 8 Matt Kvesic (Lewis 51).

Replacements | 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Ashley Beck.

Timeline
5m | Malins try 0-5
6m | Farrell con 0-7
13m | Smith pen 3-7
14m | Earl try 3-12
18m | Segun try 3-17
26m | Smith pen 6-17
38m | Smith pen 9-17
42m | Malins try 9-22
43m | Farrell con 9-24
56m | Malins try 9-29
57m | Farrell con 9-31
71m | Malins try 9-36
72m | M Vunipola con 9-38
78m | Howe try 14-38
79m | Searle con 16-38

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Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Venue: Sixways
Referee:
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
Attendance:
No. Name T C D P
8 Billy Vunipola
7 Ben Earl 1T
6 Andy Christie
5 Theodore McFarland
4 Nick Isiekwe
3 Vincent Koch
2 Jamie George
15 Max Malins 4T
14 Rotimi Segun 1T
13 Elliot Daly
12 Nick Tompkins
11 Sean Maitland
10 Owen Farrell 3C
9 Aled Davies
1 Eroni Mawi
Replacements
16 Kapeli Pifeleti
17 Richard Barrington
18 Alec Clarey
19 Callum Hunter-Hill
20 Jackson Wray
21 Ivan van Zyl
22 Manu Vunipola 1C
23 Duncan Taylor

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