Worces­ter’s waste­ful­ness costs them yet again

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Gallagher Premiership - By Paul Bolton at Sixways

Worces­ter’s prob­lems at the foot of the Pre­mier­ship in­creased with a third con­sec­u­tive nar­row de­feat.

They made life dif­fi­cult for them­selves here by con­ced­ing two early tries through sloppy de­fend­ing, then squan­der­ing at­tack­ing po­si­tions through a mal­func­tion­ing line out.

“We have no­body but our­selves to blame for los­ing that game. Our game man­age­ment at key mo­ments wasn’t good enough. Our line-out strug­gled, we weren’t ac­cu­rate enough in our ex­e­cu­tion and paid a price,” said Worces­ter di­rec­tor of rugby Alan Solomons.

Even with New­cas­tle down to 13 men with Ge­orge McGuigan and Johnny Wil­liams in the sin-bin, Worces­ter could not cap­i­talise.

They were awarded a penalty try when Wil­liams was pe­nalised for a de­lib­er­ate knock-on, go­ing to in­ter­cept Ryan Mills’ pass to Chris Pen­nell, but it was New­cas­tle fly-half Toby Flood who scored the only fur­ther points when they were nu­mer­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged by kick­ing an early sec­ond-half penalty.

Worces­ter lev­elled twice when Dun­can Weir gath­ered Mills’s grub­ber and Pen­nell banged over a long-range penalty, but Flood’s 74th-minute penalty gave New­cas­tle only their sec­ond win at Sixways since 2004.

New­cas­tle gave Worces­ter a hard les­son in fin­ish­ing. Loose­head Sami Mavinga showed a sur­pris­ing turn of speed and even more im­pres­sive ball­han­dling skills to break free and set up the sup­port­ing Sonatane Taku­lua for the open­ing try and Sinoti Sinoti then sliced through from nowhere on a pow­er­ful arc­ing run to the line.

“At half-time we chal­lenged the boys to go straight back out and score. Within two or three min­utes, we took three points. That set the tone and said we weren’t go­ing to be bul­lied when we were down to 13 men,” said New­cas­tle di­rec­tor of rugby Dean Richards.

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