Dean Hammond's hat-trick helps Worcester Warriors end Challenge Cup campaign on high

Worcester Warriors completed a convincing win on Saturday
Worcester Warriors completed a convincing win on Saturday

Worcester Warriors 57-14 RC Enisei, Sixways Stadium

Wing Dean Hammond scored hat-trick of tries as Worcester Warriors trounced RC Enisei with a resounding 57-14 win to end their European Challenge Cup campaign on a high at Sixways Stadium on Saturday.

Val Rapava Ruskin (6'), Hammond (14, 29, 37) and flanker Sam Betty (33') were the try scorers in the first half while centre Connor Braid added two apiece of conversions and penalties to take Worcester Warriors to 35 points at half time.

Flanker Mikheil Gachechiladze crossed over in the extra minutes of the first half for RC Enisei and fly-half Yuri Kushnarev's conversion meant they were trailing by 28 points heading into the second half.

Fullback Ben Howard extended Worcester's lead to 35 points when he touched down in the 45th minute but prop Valery Morozov provided some respite for the visitors when he went past the line eight minutes later.

Any hopes of RC Enisei making a comeback was completed dashed when wing Igor Kurashov was red-carded in the 68th minute and to make things worse, Worcester Warriors were awarded a penalty try as well.

With RC Enisei down to 14-men, replacements Samuel Smith and Max Stelling made full use of it with their tries in the 78th and 80th minute to complete a 43-point win for Worcester Warriors.

The result means Worcester Warriors went past RC Enisei in Pool 3 to the third position but both the teams failed to reach the next round.


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