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Warriors rue missed chances as Saracens inflict fifth Premiership defeat

Aaron Wise 29th Sep, 2017 Updated: 29th Sep, 2017

DIRECTOR of rugby Gary Gold was left to rue his side’s bountiful chances as they fell to Saracens at Sixways on Friday night.

Despite putting on their best performance of the season, Warriors failed to convert throughout against a shaky Saracens side.

But two tries from Chris Wyles either side of half-time and an Alex Goode score made sure the visitors would inflict a fifth consecutive defeat on basement-side Warriors.

The first try of the game came after just six minutes when Saracens burst forward and Wyles managed to ground, with Alex Lozowski adding the extras.

The London outfit stretched their lead moments later with a long-range penalty from Lozowski, but from then on, it was Warriors who dominated the first half.

The hosts had numerous chances to cross the whitewash but every time they tried to nudge over after long spells on the visitors’ tryline, Sarries’ defence proved to be a solid wall.

Following waves of pressure in Saracens’ 22, fly-half Jamie Shillcock scored a penalty to bring the game to within one score.

But the visitors hit back immediately with another Lozowski penalty as the sides entered the break at 13-3.

Worcester came out the blocks firing as the second half got under way but after a spell of heavy pressure in their opponent’s 22, the Sixways fans were left stunned when Goode broke a Chris Pennell tackle and skipped across the tryline.

Lozowski missed the resulting conversion as Gold’s men looked to dust themselves off and go again at 18-3 down.

An incredible kick from British and Irish Lion Owen Farrell was then collected by Wyles to cross for his second of the evening.

That score seemed to take the wind out of Worcester’s sails as they lost momentum, with Saracens comfortably seeing the game out to secure their fourth win in five and inflict a fifth consecutive defeat on Warriors.

Worcester return to action next Saturday when they take on Bath at the Recreation Ground (kick-off 3pm).

 

 

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