Eight-try Worcester Warriors beat Leicester Tigers 57-23

Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons
Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons

Worcester Warriors 57-23 Leicester Tigers, Sixways

Worcester Warriors ran an eight-try riot as they trounced Leicester Tigers 57-23 in their Premiership Rugby Cup clash in Sixways on Saturday.

The bonus point win meant Worcester Warriors are at the top of Pool C with Leicester languishing at the bottom.

The opening 10 minutes saw Tom Hardwick kick two penalty goals with Jono Lance kicking a three-pointer as the teams raced to a 3-6 scoreline. The opening try in the game came in the 12th minute through Perry Humphreys but his efforts were negated by Leicester winger Andy Forsyth.

Just as the second quarter kick-started Worcester seized the initiative with back to back tries coming from Isaac Miller and Caleb Montgomery and Lance converted to make it 24-13. Just at the stroke of halftime, Worcester went on to claim the bonus point with a try from Alex Hearle as the teams finished the first half with a 31-13 scoreline.

Hardwick with his third penalty goal got the Tigers got off the block early but the home side looked in total control of the game with tries from Ashley Beck and Farai Mudariki to take the scoreline 43-16.

A penalty try in the 75th minute followed by a touchdown from Jamie Shillock took Worcester's tally past the 50-point mark and in the final minute the visitors scored a consolation try from Johnny McPhillips as Alan Solomons' men completed a 57-23 victory.

“There were a lot of young lads playing which I thought was good, but we did mix it with a fair amount of experience," said Solomons.

“Getting the win and those eight tries was good for the confidence, but we have to see it in perspective because Leicester sent out a very young side.

“A lot of guys got game-time. I put everyone on for at least 30 minutes apart from Sam Lewis and Michael Fatialofa. A lot was achieved, and I thought for a first hit out the lads did well.

“Clearly we are going to be rusty. It has been a long break and we have not played rugby for a long time.

“These games are being viewed by all the teams as a warm-up and preparation for the Premiership. I am really chuffed that everybody that we wanted to get on got game-time.”