Anglo-Welsh Cup wrap: Worcester, Tigers and Sale win

Date published: November 4 2016

There were opening round wins for Worcester, Leicester and Sale in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as they beat Bristol, Bath and Wasps respectively.

Worcester 31-25 Bristol

Worcester started the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a bonus-point 31-25 victory over struggling Bristol at Sixways Stadium on Friday.

Wing Josh Adams and outside centre Max Stelling crossed in the first-half and both made it a brace apiece in the second 40, with Michael Dowsett also getting over Bristol's whitewash to add to fly-half Jamie Shillcock's three successful conversions.

Bristol's scorers were Giorgi Nemsadze, Jack Wallace and Tom Varndell but they could not complete the fightback at Sixways.

The scorers:

For Worcester:
Tries: Adams 2, Stelling 2, Dowsett
Cons: Shillcock 3

For Bristol:
Tries: Nemsadze, Wallace, Varndell
Cons: Searle 2
Pens: Searle 2

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell (c), 14 Josh Adams, 13 Max Stelling, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Andy Short, 10 Jamie Shillcock, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Matt Cox, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Huw Taylor, 5 Charlie Hewitt, 4 Andrew Kitchener, 3 James Johnston, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga
Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Justin Clegg, 20 Ben Fowles, 21 George de Cothi, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Afeafe Haisila Lokotui

Bristol: 15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 James Newey, 11 David Lemi (c), 10 Billy Searle, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Nick Fenton-Wells, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Nick Koster, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha
Replacements: 16 Edd Shervington, 17 Jack O’Connell, 18 James Hall, 19 John Hawkins, 20 Rayn Smid, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Elias Caven, 23 Luke Arscott

Referee: Andrew Jackson (England)
Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace (England), Fergus Kirby (England)

Bath 20-21 Leicester

Leicester got their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign off to a winning start on Friday as they beat Bath 21-20 at the Recreation Ground.

Tries from Luke Hamilton and George Catchpole got them off to a fast start with Freddie Burns kicking five points in the first 40.

In response Jack Wilson crossed for Bath before second-half scores from Jeff Williams and Dan Bowden got the hosts within a point. But Burns' boot had ultimately given Leicester enough breathing space to hang on as they edged out their long-time rivals.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Tries: Wilson, Williams, Bowden
Con: Hastings
Pen: Hastings

For Leicester:
Tries: Hamilton, Catchpole
Con: Burns
Pens: Burns 3

Bath: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Aled Brew, 12 Dan Bowden, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Will Homer, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 6 Levi Douglas, 5 Alex Humfrey, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Beno Obano
Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Rory Jennings

Leicester: 15 George Worth, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Matt Smith (c), 12 Jack Roberts, 11 George Catchpole, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Jono Kitto, 8 Tomas Leonardi, 7 Will Evans, 6 Luke Hamilton, 5 Joe Maksymiw, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Greg Bateman
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Fred Tuilagi, 21 Sam Harrison, 22 Oli Bryant, 23 Charlie Thacker

Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Tom Foley (England), Paul Dix (England)

Sale 17-13 Wasps

Sale secured a 17-13 victory over Wasps at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday to kick-off their Anglo-Welsh Cup season on a high.

Tries from Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow in either half saw them to a hard-fought win, with Tom Arscott kicking seven points.

Wasps' scorers were Guy Thompson and Jacob Umaga but they could only add one penalty from the boot of Connor Eastgate.

The scorers:

For Sale:
Tries: Jennings, Bedlow
Cons: Arscott 2
Pen: Arscott

For Wasps:
Tries: Thompson, Umaga
Pen: Eastgate

Sale: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Nev Edwards, 13 Sam Bedlow, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Charlie Ingall, 10 Sam James, 9 Mike Phillips (c), 8 Laurence Pearce, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Ben Curry, 5 Lou Reed, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Cameron Neild, 1 Ross Harrison
Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 James Flynn, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 George Nott, 20 Matt Rogerson, 21 James Mitchell, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Josh Charnley

Wasps: 15 Owain James, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Brendan Macken, 11 Guy Armitage, 10 Connor Eastgate, 9 Craig Hampson, 8 Guy Thompson (c), 7 Alex Rieder, 6 Jack Willis, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Marcus Garratt, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Tom Bristow
Replacements: 16 George Edgson, 17 Tom West, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Ehize Ehizode, 20 Alistair Bone, 21 Will Porter, 22 Jacob Umaga, 23 Tom Howe

Referee: Christophe Ridley (England)
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Peter Allan (England)