- Gallagher Premiership
- Sunday, October 7th 2018
Will Carpenter reports from Sixways
Report: Worcester Warriors 52-7 Bristol Bears
Sunday, October 7th 2018
It was an afternoon to forget for Bristol Bears at Sixways, as Pat Lam’s side slumped to a disappointing 52-7 defeat to Worcester Warriors on Sunday.
Bristol scored first courtesy of Yann Thomas’ fourth-minute try, but it was all downhill from there as Worcester ran in seven tries, securing a bonus point inside 36 minutes, before running away with it again after the interval to seal a commanding home win.
GJ Van Velze, Ryan Mills, Marco Mama, Francois Venter, Chris Pennell, Josh Adams and Bryce Heem all touched down for a rampant Warriors side, while Thomas’ early score was all Bristol had to show for their afternoon’s work.
Ryan Bower was sent off for foul play in the closing stages, but it had little impact on proceedings.
It was a bright start from Bristol Bears, who signed off a period of sustained pressure with the opening try of the afternoon, as Yann Thomas collected Andy Uren’s short pass to score under the posts.
That, unfortunately, was as good as it got for the visitors, with Chris Pennell’s penalty reducing the deficit, before a 30-minute onslaught decided the match.
First Van Velze collected Heem’s offload to dot down, then Mills latched on to Hougaard’s flat pass to score Worcester’s second.
Mama picked and stepped his way to the line for a third on 34 minutes, before Francois Venter picked off John Afoa’s pass in the midfield to race over from 70 metres and give Worcester a commanding 31-7 lead at half-time.
It didn’t get any better for Bristol after the break, as Pennell added to his earlier penalty with a well-taken try and Josh Adams snaffled another interception to score under the posts.
With ten minutes left on the clock, Ryan Bower was dismissed for striking the head of Will Hurrell with his shoulder, but it didn’t stop Worcester touching down for their seventh in the final minutes, as Bryce Heem went over in the corner to complete a resounding win for the hosts.
Bristol Bears: Kirchner; Morahan (Edwards 49), Hurrell, Piutau (co-capt), Leiua; Madigan (Sheedy 49), Uren (Stirzaker 67); Y Thomas (Woolmore 51), Thacker (Fenton-Wells 34), Afoa (Armstrong 54), Holmes (Jeffries 54), Joyce, Luatua (co-capt), Smith (D Thomas 49), Lam. Replacements: Fenton-Wells, Woolmore, Armstrong, Jeffries, Thomas, Stirzaker, Sheedy, Edwards.
Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Heem, Venter, Mills, Adams; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Singleton, Schonert Bresler, Barry, Mama, Lewis, Van Velze. Replacements: Taufete'e, Bower, Kerrod, Phillips, Hill, Heaney, Lance, Humphreys.
Bristol Bears: Tries: Y Thomas 4, Cons: Madigan 4
Worcester Warriors: Tries: Van Velze 14, Mills 28, Mama 34, Venter 38, Pennell 42, Adams 48, Heem 79, Cons: Weir 14, 28, 34, 39, 42, 48, 80. Pens: Pennell 9, Red: Bower 70.
After Yann Thomas had given Bristol Bears the perfect start at Sixways, the visitors then found themselves on the receiving end of a Worcester blitz.
The home side ran in four quick-fire tries in just 29 first-half minutes to leave Bristol with a mountain to climb and put the result beyond doubt, as Van Velze, Mills, Venter and Mama touched down.
Photo of the match:
- Pennell, Heem, Venter, Mills, Adams, Mama, van Velze
- Weir (7)
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