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Posted Saturday, November 20th 2021

Report: Worcester Warriors 68-13 Bristol Bears

A youthful Bears side fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Worcester Warriors in round two of the Premiership Rugby Cup on Saturday.

Theo Strang touched down early in proceedings at Sixways, but his well-worked try – created by a powerful surge from Mitch Eadie – was quickly cancelled out by five first-half scores from the hosts

Gareth Simpson’s double together with Harri Doel, Tom Howe and Marc Thomas capped a dominant first 40 from Worcester, while Charlie Powell’s red card for a dangerous tackle gave the Bears a mountain to climb after the break.

Howe grabbed a second after the interval and Jack Johnson also went over before Jono Benz-Salomon bagged his first Bears try from close range.

Tom Dodd touched down for Warriors’ eighth from a driving lineout and Fin Smith scooped up a loose pass to increase the advantage, while Searle’s late try capped victory for the home side.

Worcester Warriors: Tries: Simpson 6, 28, Doel 12, Howe 33, 45, Thomas 38, Johnson 47, Dodd 58, Smith 63, Searle 78. Cons: Searle 6, 12, 28, 33, 38, 45, 58, 63, 78

Bristol Bears: Tries: Strang 9, Benz-Salomon 55. Pens: Lloyd 19. Red: Powell 39.

Worcester Warriors: Doel, Hearle, Morris, Butler, Johnson, Searle, Simpson; Thomas, Miller, Tyack, Kitchener, Clegg, Batley, Dodd, Kvesic.

Replacements: Theobald-Thomas, Owen, Morris, Bresler, Lewis, Wynn, Smith, Howe.

Bristol Bears: Powell, Bailey, Bates (Jones 49), Frisch, Adeolokun, Lloyd (Wilstead 39), Strang (Lennon 46); Challenger (Turner 49), Cotton (Thompson 74), Kloska (Benz-Salomon 49), Holmes, Rice (Taylor 60), Eadie, Duncan (Groves 60), Hughes (c).

Replacements: Thompson, Turner, Benz-Salomon, Groves, Taylor, Lennon, Wilstead, Jones.


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