Bedford 17-32 Worcester: Warriors extend winning record

By Ged ScottBBC Sport
Sam Betty
Betty has scored 14 tries in 14 appearances for Worcester this season

Worcester had to come from 17-0 down at half time to beat Bedford and maintain their record winning run and stay top of the Championship table.

An early Jake Sharp drop-goal and two converted interception tries from Viliami Hakalo and Pat Tapley had Dean Ryan's men on the back foot.

But Worcester replied with four second-half tries for a 22nd straight win.

Sam Smith, Ryan Mills, Sam Betty and Tom Biggs scored as Andy Symons kicked three conversions and two penalties.

Warriors march on
Worcester and Bristol both booked their place in the four-team Championship play-offs last weekend - with still seven fixtures of the campaign remaining.
The Warriors' next league fixture is at home to Plymouth Albion on 7 March, followed by their British & Irish Cup semi-final at home to Leinster A the following Friday.

The fourth try, to earn Worcester their bonus point and their 15th successive Championship victory, did not come until the 81st minute.

But that simply capped a barnstorming finish as, with just six minutes to go, Worcester still trailed 17-11.

After winger Smith's unconverted early second-half try, two Symons penalties had edged the visitors back to within range of Bedford.

But it was not until the 74th minute when Symons converted stand-off Mills' late try that the Warriors led for the first time.

Three minutes later flanker Betty crossed and winger Biggs' added-time effort kept Worcester a point clear of second-placed Bristol.

Bedford: Kerr, Tapley, Staff, Hakalo, Pritchard, Sharp, White, Moss, T. Harris, Currie, Howard, Gulliver, Blanchet-Dufresne, Fenton-Wells, Vandermolen.

Replacements: Clare, Parilli-Ocampo, Boulton, Tupai, Thompson-Stringer, Veenendaal, Jones.

Worcester: Howard, Smith, Stelling, Symons, Biggs, Mills, Arr, Bower, Annett, Schonert, Williams, O'Shea, Thomas, Betty, van Velze.

Replacements: George, Rapava-Ruskin, Daniels, Percival, Mulchrone, Mieres, Hammond.

Attendance: 2,683

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