Battling Worcester see off Quins for third win of season


Nick Schonert scored his second try of the season after a well-worked line-out move
Gallagher Premiership
Worcester Warriors (13) 20
Tries: Schonert, Mills Cons: Weir 2 Pens: Weir, Pennell
Harlequins (3) 13
Try: Marchant Con: Lang Pens: Smith, Lang

Worcester Warriors secured a third Premiership victory of the season with a spirited defensive display against Harlequins at Sixways.

Quins began well but a strong Warriors backline held firm and, despite being on the back foot, the hosts led 13-3 at the break after Nick Schonert went over from a line-out maul.

An interception try against the run of play by Joe Marchant gave Quins hope.

But Ryan Mills forced his way over from close range to settle home nerves.

Mills lost possession as he dived over the line but the ball slipped backwards and the downward pressure from his legs was enough to ensure the try was given and take Warriors up to sixth in the table.

An encouraging start by Quins had hinted at a tough evening for the hosts but, despite looking sharp in wide areas, the Londoners were unable to break through.

Schonert’s powerful score soon after the half-hour mark capped a good spell for Worcester who remained in control up front after the break.

The momentum could have changed after Marchant raced 60 metres having superbly anticipated a slow Duncan Weir pass.

But Mills was able to wrap up the win, although a late James Lang penalty did earn Quins a losing bonus point.

Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Venter, Mills (capt), Humphreys; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Singleton, Schonert, Bresler, Phillips, Hill, Lewis, Cox.

Replacements: Annett, Waller, Milasinovich, Barry, Williams, Heaney, Shillcock, Olivier.

Harlequins: Brown; Murley, Marchant, Tapuai, Earle; Smith, Mulchrone; Marler, Crumpton, Collier, Merrick, Symons, Dombrandt, Clifford, Chisholm (capt).

Replacements: Ward, Boyce, Swainston, Horwill, White, Care, Lang, Saili.

Referee: Andrew Jackson.

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