Worcester 51-10 Newcastle - GP - Final Weekend

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  1. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    Worcester 51-10 Newcastle

    Worcester (20) 51

    Tries: Sanderson, Lutui, Horsman, Gear, Benjamin 2, Delport, Garvey Cons: Drahm 3, Carlisle Pens: Drahm

    Newcastle (10) 10
    Tries: Phillips Cons: Jones Pens: Jones

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    </div><div align="center">Rico Gear scored Worcester's seventh try of the game
    Worcester overtook Newcastle in the Premiership table with an emphatic eight-try victory at Sixways.

    The home side heaped more misery on Newcastle having also recently beaten them in a European Challenge Cup semi.

    Worcester led through first-half tries from Pat Sanderson, Aleki Lutui and Chris Horsman with Newcastle responding through Ollie Phillips.

    Second-half tries from Thinus Delport, Miles Benjamin (2), Rico Gear and Marcel Garvey completed the rout.

    The result means that Newcastle, who this week announced that England stars Toby Flood and Mathew Tait would be leaving the club in the summer, have been overtaken by Worcester to finish the season second from bottom.

    Captain Sanderson put the Warriors in front after five minutes, crossing from a metre out at an attacking ruck.

    They increased their lead from a neat move at a line-out. Tongan hooker Lutui threw to Greg Rawlinson for the All Black to return the ball to his colleague on the touchline for a try.

    Newcastle woke up when wing Phillips spectacularly leapt over the home midfield and ran in from 30 metres for fly-half Steve Jones to convert, although it did not help that hooker Rob Vickers was sin-binned after 28 minutes for pulling an opponent's shirt.

    But the comeback was stifled just before half-time as Drahm, who converted Sanderson's try, booted a penalty while Wales prop Horsman went in at the corner.

    On the stroke of half-time, though, Jones cut the deficit to 10 points with a long 35-metre penalty.

    The floodgates opened, though, almost from the re-start. Delport was put in at the corner by Drahm while wing prospect Miles Benjamin scored twice inside two minutes.

    New Zealand legend Rico Gear, in the centre instead of on the wing, got a seventh try for Worcester when he steamed through a gap in the Newcastle midfield.

    And soon it was eight when former England wing Garvey, who had been a thorn in the Falcons' side all afternoon, got a deserved try near the posts for replacement Drew Hickey to convert.

    Worcester director of rugby Mike Ruddock:
    "It was great for us because things we talked about at the start of the season came right but what a tough week for Newcastle after they had to play three games.

    "We won the second-half 31-0, which shows they were tired. As much as we won the game and it was great to sign off with a victory, we keep it in perspective and we know it will be tougher in two weeks time against Bath.

    "There were times when we put the ball down when we shouldn't and we had a try against us which we are pretty filthy about.

    "We've got to temper our thoughts and reflect that Newcastle really did tie up a bit in the second half."

    Newcastle's acting director of rugby Steve Bates:
    "We had a really difficult week and there were a lot of young lads out there who have not got a lot of experience at this level and haven't played much rugby at this intensity and that showed after half-time.

    "That is where our tiredness showed from this week. We have not had any time to prepare. We played Wednesday night, didn't do anything Thursday, travelled yesterday and had a little runaround.

    "We got here but we are taking on a good Premiership team with half a side ourselves and no preparation. I'm not particularly surprised but I thought, first-half particularly, we did not help ourselves with discipline.

    "But, at the end, I think it was just the end of a couple of tough months for us."

    Worcester: Delport; Garvey, Gear, Rasmussen, Benjamin; Drahm, M Powell; Windo, Lutui, Horsman, Rawlinson, Gillies, Talei, Sanderson ©, Horstmann.
    Replacements: Taumoepeau, Matt Mullan, Will Bowley, Drew Hickey, Carlisle, Arr, Pennell.

    Newcastle: A Tait; Phillips, M Tait, Visser, Rudd; S Jones, Dickson; Golding, Vickers, D Wilson, Perry, Sorenson, Woods, Williamson, Beattie (capt).
    Replacements: Batty, McDonnell, Swinson, Browne, B Wilson, Grindal, Miller.

    From BBC Sport
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  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    And no doubt all the Wuss fans will start to think they're contenders for the title next season after this.

  4. getofmeland

    getofmeland Guest

    To be fair to Worcester, they have started to play Rugby in the last couple of months, and I am looking forward to the European Challenge Cup Final against them as I think it will be a close game... Bath may have the advantage as they will have at least one additional competitive game left...
  5. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Ruddock, good as a coach as he may be, is a blithering idiot. At the start of the season he dropped their best player, Drahm, from his best position at 10 prefering an untested and over-rated youngster James Brown and assumed Gear and Tuitupo would win matches for them. He went so far as to ship Drahm off to the Cornish All Blacks and allow him to sign for a Japanese club.

    Going all Saint-Andre, he realised the error in his wayts and recalled Shakey who has single-handedly dragged Wuss out of the regation dogfight, despite having no centres (Gear at 13 ffs?) nor a decent Scrum-Half or Pack to provide any sort of service.

    They've got to the ECC fonal by beating Newcastle, a feat even Exeter or Saracens would currently be capable of, and now have "Demolished" a crap side minus all their decent players (read "Flood and only Flood") and all the other "big"names.

    Now they're looking to next year as their turn at the big time with the signing of Latham on a 2 year deal (who's 33, past it and only moving North for his pension). The fact is Wuss under Ruddock have been even WORSE then they were under Brain.

    Worcester and their fans are living in the same delusional state as half of the part-time England fans when they think Johnsons appointment will change anything.

    Wuss have ridden their luck for far too long now, benifiting from ****-poor Quins, Leeds and Saints sides for their own survival moreso then their own talents. Next year they will survive for the same reason as Newcastle go down, and after that, maybe they'll get by thanks to Exeters average-ness.

    They'll always be perennial bottom feeders however and will never be this superstar club that Cecil Duckworth will have us believe.;

    We'll see that in the ECC final when Bath put 50 over them.
  6. Why are Newcastle so crap now? they were playing well around christmas and have quite a few England internationals. How many times have they had a half century put on them in the last couple of months...shocking..
  7. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    They've always been perennial underachievers, but don't read into the England internationals too much; Noon, Tait & Wilko only have a sniff of the England shirts because Rob Andrew is an inbred turd.

    Toby Flood is the only back at Newcastle (ignoring Burke) with any genuine class about him.
  8. oli_taylor

    oli_taylor Guest

    Firstly... Brown is 31 and retiring to run a business.... youngster???
    Secondly... Gear carved through the Newcastle defence on saturday with relative ease, and released the wings to score at least 3 of the tries.
    Thirdly...the pack are one of the strongest in the premiership. Lineout and scrum were much better than sale, saracens and bath when I saw them; the supply for the backs was all good.

    However, i do agree with you on the lack of decent scrum half.. though Mike Phillips is supposedly joining next season.
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