Nottingham 3-58 Worcester: Warriors win to go back on top
|Nottingham (3) 3|
|Worcester (29) 58|
|Tries: Howard 2, Stelling 2, Mulchrone 2, Biggs, Arr Cons: Symonds 6 Pens: Symonds 2|
Worcester crushed Nottingham on their first visit to the Lady Bay Sports Ground, scoring eight tries to return to the top of the Championship table.
Dean Ryan's Warriors were 29-3 up at the break, winger Ben Howard and centre Max Stelling claiming two tries apiece.
The visitors then added four more after the break through scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone (2), Tom Biggs and Jonny Arr.
Their club record-equalling 20th straight victory lifted Ryan's men back above Bristol into top spot.
|Ryan's Warriors rewriting the record books|
|Worcester's record of consecutive wins in the Championship alone is 22, set when they were last promoted four years ago. But, in all competitions, this equals their own club record. Since losing at Bristol on the first day of the season in time added on, they have won 13 straight matches in the Championship - and seven in the British & Irish Cup.|
Bristol, relegated to second place a week ago, had gone back top with Saturday's 25-17 win at London Scottish.
Just winning at Nottingham, whose only points came from a first-half penalty by stand-off Will Maisey, would have been enough to put the Warriors back on top. But their biggest bonus-point win of the season now gives them a one-point advantage with eight games of the regular season to go.
Worcester and Bristol, both well on course for the play-offs, are due to meet again on the final day of the Championship campaign at Sixways on 25 April.
Nottingham: Robinson; Hough, Carpenter, Pohe, Longi; Maisey, Romans; Ma'afu, Malton, Holford; Freeman, Cooper; Wilson, Everard, Calladine.
Replacements: Brownlie, Carey, Vickers, Laxton, Styles, Smit, Lynn.
Worcester: Pennell; Howard, Stelling, Symons, Biggs; Mills, Mulchrone; Bower, Annett, Rees; Williams, Thomas; Senatore, Betty, van Velze.
Replacements: Creevy, Rapava-Ruskin, Daniels, O'Shea, Arr, Mieres, Fatiaki.