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Warriors break Welford Road duck at last

Worcester Warriors wing Josh Adams scores at Leicester

Worcester Warriors built spectacularly on their maiden win of the Premiership season by beating Leicester Tigers 31-27 to triumph at Welford Road for the first time in their history.

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Having begun the season with seven successive defeats, the Warriors got off the mark last time out against Northampton Saints, but few could have anticipated another victory coming their way on Saturday.

Leicester came into the match on the back of six straight league wins, but two Josh Adams tries helped condemn the Tigers to a shock defeat.

Adams was one of two Worcester try-scorers in the first six minutes, along with Alafoti Faosiliva, and the wing crossed again in the 36th minute of an opening 40 that ended with the visitors two points to the good.

Jack Singleton and Ryan Mills then touched down in the second half to put Worcester out of sight, Gareth Owen’s late try nothing more than a consolation for Leicester.

Elsewhere, in-form Bath needed just 18 minutes to secure a bonus point as they thumped Harlequins 38-14 at the Rec, lifting them above Leicester into fourth.

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Saturday’s final fixture saw Northampton follow up their loss to Worcester with a narrow 18-15 defeat at the hands of Sale Sharks.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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