Worcester Warriors 30-15 Northampton Saints, Sixways
Bryce Heem starred with a hat-trick as Worcester Warriors registered their first win in the ongoing season of the Aviva Premiership after beating Northampton Saints 30-15 at Sixways on Saturday.
Northampton Saints dominated the first 10 minutes with a majority of possession but Stephen Myler's penalty remained the only points for them in it. A head injury to Luther Burrell saw him leaving the field in the 14th minute.
Worcester soon managed to level the scores with Jono Lance slotting a penalty in the 20th minute and three minutes later Ryan Mills and Francois Hougaard set up Heem's first try as the home side gained a five point lead.
The Saints suffered a major setback when Rob Horne was sin-binned for a high tackle in the 28th minute which Heem capitalised and went past the line for the second time and Lance's conversion meant Worcester had a lead of 15-3 at the end of the first half.
Gary Gold's side carry forwarded their momentum from the first half as Lance slotted an early penalty and was followed by a 48th minute touchdown from Josh Adams, though his efforts were negated when Ben Foden crossed over four minutes later for the visitors.
Jamie Gibson's try in the 73rd minute gave Northampton Saints a glimmer of hope but Horne's second yellow card for tip tackle ended their hope as Heem scored his third try to complete a 30-15 bonus point victory for Northampton Saints.
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