Nottingham 19-26 Worcester: Tight win for Warriors youngsters
Worcester Warriors' young side came from behind at Meadow Lane as they got their British & Irish Cup campaign off to a winning start against Nottingham.
The home side led 16-10 at the break after loose forward Matthew Everard's converted try was embellished by three penalties from fly-half Dan Mugford.
Three Tiff Eden penalties tied it up at 19-19 with eight minutes left.
But centre Dean Hammond ran in a second try of the afternoon, Eden adding the conversion to complete a 16-point haul.
Eden had earlier converted Hammond's first try in the second minute, as well as kicking a late first-half penalty.
Mugford also kicked a second-half penalty for a 14-point individual tally with the boot.
|Match stats from Meadow Lane|
|Nottingham (16) 19|
|Try: Everard Con: Mugford Pens: Mugford 4|
|Worcester (10) 26|
|Tries: Hammond 2 Cons: Eden 2 Pens: Eden 4|
Warriors had the bulk of their Monday night Cavaliers side on duty in for their second meeting with Nottingham in a fortnight.
Scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier captained the team on his debut, while lock forward Shay Kerry and back-row forward Huw Taylor also took their bow.
Prop Jack Cosgrove and flanker Andrew Boyce, who made a crucial late try-saving tackle, both made their first start, while Ben Sowrey made a second-half appearance and 19-year-old student Matt Perks was on the bench.
Worcester are again in B&I Cup action for the next two weekends, with a home game against Munster A being followed by the trip to face Midlands neighbours Moseley on 25 October.
Warriors do not return to Championship action again until 7 November, when they host Bedford at Sixways.
Nottingham: Bullivant; Venus, Cox, Pohe, O'Neill; Mugford, Smit; Porter, Vickers, Carey, Eames, Montagu, Cooper, Everard, Calladine.
Replacements: Holford, Brownlie, Barron, Laxton, Lee-Everton, Lynn, Mawaqalive.
Worcester: Humphreys; Stephenson, Hammond, Stelling, Watkins; Eden, Bruzulier (capt); Cosgrove, Annett, Daniels, Kerry, O'Shea, de Carpentier, Boyce, Taylor.
Replacements: Sowrey, Fainga'anuku, Rees, Perks, de Cothi, Fatiaki, Hughes.