Adams double sets up Worcester's 31-21 win over Exeter

Josh Adams scored a try in either half
Josh Adams scored a try in either half
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Worcester Warriors 31 - 21 Exeter Chiefs

Josh Adams scored a try each in either half as Worcester Warriors registered their maiden win in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a 31-21 triumph over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

It was Exeter, though, who started the game with a bang following a second minute try from Tom Lawday that was converted by fly-half Joe Simmonds. The lead was doubled in the 18th minute as winger Harry Strong crossed over for the visitors and Simmonds slotted the extras.

Worcester regrouped in the final 10 minutes of the first half with Adams scoring the opening try in the 32nd minute and their momentum was helped by a sin-bin to Exeter's Ollie Atkins in the 33rd minute.

The home side made full use of the numerical advantage as a try from David Denton in the 39th minute and a conversion from Jamie Shillcock helped them reduce the arrears to two points heading into the break.

Worcester carry forwarded their momentum into the second half when Tom Howe scored their third try in the 48th minute that was improved by Shillock as they went into the lead for the first time but his efforts were negated by Exeter replacement Shaun Malton just at the start of the final quarter.

With 15 minutes to go, the game was evenly poised at 19-21 and Worcester seized the advantage through Adam's second try in the 67th minute that helped them claim a bonus point and any chance of a Exeter comeback was put off by a yellow card to Wilhelm van der Sluys in the 71st minute while Luke Baldwin capped off the final try as the home side completed a 31-21 win.

Worcester now move to the second position in Pool 3 while Exeter are at second in Pool 2.

 

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