WORCES­TER 23 NEW­CAS­TLE 20

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

match and, when Weir stroked over a penalty which just crept in­side the up­right, they got it.

Worces­ter had the bet­ter of the ter­ri­tory as the break ap­proached and forced New­cas­tle into sev­eral penal­ties in­side their own 22. Hooker Ge­orge McGuigan was sin-binned with three min­utes of the half left as he was ruled to have caused ob­struc­tion deep in his 22.

And, when the War­riors looked cer­tain for a try sec­onds from the in­ter­val, cen­tre Johnny Wil­liams de­lib­er­ately knocked on a pass. Ref Wayne Barnes checked the re­play be­fore send­ing Wil­liams to the sin bin and award­ing a penalty try.

A Flood penalty pushed his side seven points ahead, but Weir lev­elled the match as he latched on to a Fran­cois Hougaard grub­ber kick to the line and scored, con­vert­ing him­self.

Flood’s sec­ond penalty nudged his side into a three­p­oint lead be­fore a huge 48-me­tre penalty from Pen­nell lev­elled mat­ters again.

How­ever, a third Flood penalty put New­cas­tle 23-20 ahead with six min­utes left and, when Worces­ter went for broke to win the game with the fi­nal move of the game, re­place­ment Jono Lance knocked on to end the War­riors’ re­sis­tance.

them a 17-14 lead. But Ber­wick were not to be de­nied and tries from Gareth Hill and Jamie Pick saw the vis­i­tors re­store their ad­van­tage at 17-24, a con­ver­sion from Skeen mak­ing it 17-26.In the fi­nal min­utes Liv­ingston had a player on a yel­low card, whilst Ber­wick’s Jack Dal­rym­ple saw red.Liv­ingston were then awarded a penalty try, the con­ver­sion mak­ing it 24-26, but Ber­wick man­aged to hold out for the vic­tory, which means they re­main un­beaten with two wins and a draw from their open­ing three games.

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