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Worcester steal the Stoop spoils

03rd November 2007 17:40

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Aleki Lutui v quins

Take that! Aleki Lutui knocks Ugo Monye over on his way to the tryline

A late try from pat Sanderson helped Worcester Warriors to a morale-boosting 23-22 win over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in the EDF Energy Cup on Saturday.

The Warriors bounced back from last weekend's 47-16 hammering by Welsh side the Ospreys to keep alive their hopes of qualifying from Group C in the EDF Energy Cup with their first win in eight matches.

Sanderson had the final say in an enterprising match where the lead changed hands seven times.

Worcester, staring yet another defeat in the face, took their late chance when Sanderson peeled off the back of a forward drive to dive over the line.

The try enabled their new signing Netani Talei, Figi's World Cup number eight, to celebrate his debut with a win after opening the scoring with an 11th-minute try.

Taking a pass from centre Dale Rasmussen, Talei made an immediate impact, powering in from 15 metres.

A further try from hooker Aleki Lutui, a penalty from fly-half James Brown and a further conversion and penalty from full-back Loki Crichton kept Worcester firmly in contention before Sanderson's late strike.

Quins - beaten only once in their previous 11 matches at the Twickenham Stoop - replied with two first-half tries from winger Ugo Monye, a second-half touchdown from full-back Mike Brown and seven points from the boot of fly-half Chris Malone, who landed two conversions and a penalty.

Worcester's lead from Talei's early try lasted just five minutes when Quins flanker Will Skinner made a break from the halfway line and held off Crichton to send Monye in for his try.

Worcester gained the initiative when Chris Hala'Ufia, the home number eight, was sent to the sin bin by referee Chris White for a high tackle on Mark Tucker.

Brown kicked the resulting penalty and Worcester made the most of the extra man advantage, driving Lutui over for a try, converted by Crichton to put them 15-10 ahead.

Monye finished a move brilliantly created by scrum-half Danny Care, and Malone converted to restore the Harlequins' lead at 17-15 but Worcester edged ahead once more just before half-time with a Crichton penalty.

The home side were back in front after Worcester were temporary reduced to 14 men when winger Marcel Garvey was yellow-carded for deliberately killing the ball to disrupt an attack.

Quins punished them straight away, kicking the penalty into touch and winning the line-out before Malone and Hal Luscombe sent Brown over in the right corner.

Monye narrowly missed out on his hat-trick when Malone's high kick to the left evaded his fingertips.

Harlequins launched a desperate last-ditch offensive to try to snatch victory following Sanderson's match-winning try, but the Worcester defence held firm.

The scorers:

For Harlequins:

Tries: Monye 2, Brown

Cons: Malone 2

Pen: Malone

For Worcester:

Tries: Talei, Lutui, Sanderson

Con: Crichton

Pens: Brown, Crichton

Yellow cards: Hala'ufia (26, Harlequins), Garvey (57, Worcester)

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 David Strettle, 13 Haldane Luscombe, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Chris Malone, 9 Danny Care, 8 Chris Hala'ufia, 7 Will Skinner, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Jim Evans, 4 Nicolas Spanghero, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Chris Brooker, 1 Ceri Jones

Replacements: 16 Aston Croall, 17 John Brooks, 18 Ollie Kohn, 19 Paul Volley, 20 Tom Guest, 21 Simon Keogh, 22 Tosh Masson

Worcester: 15 Loki Crichton, 14 Thinus Delport, 13 Dale Rasmussen, 12 Mark Tucker, 11 Marcel Garvey, 10 James Brown, 9 Matt Powell, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Craig Gillies, 4 Phil Murphy, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 2 Aleki Lutui, 1 Darren Morris

Replacements: 16 Tony Windo, 17 Chris Fortey, 18 Will Bowley, 19 Gavin Quinnell, 20 Nick Runciman, 21 Chris Pennell, 22 Miles Benjamin

Referee: Chris White (England)

Touch judges: Steve Terheege (England), Roger Baileff (England)

Coach: Clive Leeke (England)

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