Match Centre: Worcester Warriors 27-14 Sale Sharks

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

Worcester Warriors 27-14 Sale Sharks, Sixways

Worcester Warriors ended their five game losing streak as they outplayed Sale Sharks with a 27-14 win in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sixways on Saturday.

This is the second win for the Warriors in seven games as they are at 11th place in the table with 12 points while Sale Sharks are at 10th position.

Warriors raced to a 14-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes as Jamie Shillock burst through for the opening try in the 7th minute and three minutes later Duhan van der Merwe dived in the left corner following a 25m sprint. Fin Smith kicked both the conversions.

As the opening quarter was about to end, Sale Sharks went on the attack that created the space for scrum-half Gus Warr to dot down in the 20th minute and Robert du Preez kicked the conversion to make it 14-7.

Smith rewarded Warriors for another spell of pressure with a 28th minute penalty and then popped up in defence to thwart Sale after Marland Yarde had hit the line at pace as the teams completed the opening half with a 17-7 lead for the home side.

Du Preez missed a penalty chance two minutes into the second half as the ball hit the right post and bounced out but the Warriors extended the lead further with Shillcock brushing away a tackle to offload to van der Merwe, who completed his second making it 22-7.

Sale responded back with a close range try from Curtis Langdon in the 63rd minute that MacGinty converted to reduce the arrears to eight points but their hopes vanished as Shillock displayed a brilliant solo performance to dot down in the 68th minute as Alan Solomons' men completed a 27-14 victory.

Team line up:

Worcester: Shillcock; Heward, Lawrence, Venter, van der Merwe; Smith, Chudley; Waller, Baldwin, Judge, Garvey, G Kitchener, Hatherell, Hill (capt), Vailanu.

Reserves: Annett, Thomas, Tyack, A Kitchener, Lewis, Simpson, Searle, Beck.

Sale: L James; Solomona, S James, Van Rensburg, Yarde; R du Preez, Warr; Rodd, Taylor, Oosthuizen, J-P du Preez, de Jager, Wiese, B Curry, D du Preez.

Reserves: Langdon, McIntyre, Schonert, Ross, Nield, N Thomas, MacGinty, Reed.

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