Premiership: Leicester Tigers 27-31 Worcester Warriors

Josh Adams
Josh Adams has scored five tries in his last four Worcester appearances
Aviva Premiership
Leicester Tigers (17) 27
Tries: Fitzgerald, Harrison, Owen Cons: Ford 3 Pens: Ford 2
Worcester Warriors (19) 31
Tries: Adams 2, Fa'osiliva, Singleton, Mills Cons: Pennell 2, Lance

Worcester made history by beating Leicester at Welford Road for the first time in 122 years of trying.

Tries for Alafoti Fa'osiliva and Josh Adams gave the Warriors a dream start.

A Mike Fitzgerald try and five points from Joe Ford's boot then brought the Tigers close before Adams and Harrison exchanged tries just before the break.

Jack Singleton stretched the lead after the restart and Ryan Mills' try looked to have sealed it, only for Gareth Owen's try to set up a tense finale.

Since the old Worcester Rugby Club first travelled to Leicester in the Midland Counties Cup in 1895, they had made 14 previous visits - and lost them all.

But, after starting the Premiership season with seven straight defeats, Warriors' second successive win puts them six points clear of bottom side London Irish, while Tigers slip below Bath to fourth place.

Warriors' victory was launched by a perfect start when Faosiliva was forced over after a five-metre line-out, before Adams scored for a fourth consecutive game following Mills' perfectly weighted grubber kick.

Fitzgerald dived over for Tigers after sustained pressure on the Warriors line and Ford's penalty brought the hosts within two points. But then Adams got his fifth try in four games with a perfectly-picked attacking line which saw him carve through the Leicester defence.

Ryan Mills
Worcester's resurgence in the past two games has coincided with Ryan Mills' return to fitness

As half-time approached, Tigers piled on the pressure once again and Harrison went over from a driving maul in the third minute of added time.

A wonderful flowing move started by Bryce Heem saw Pennell, Faosiliva and Ethan Waller combine to release Singleton for Worcester's third try soon after the break.

The home side camped out on Worcester's try-line, eventually forcing Nick Schonert into the sin bin after a host of Worcester infringements, from which Ford kicked the resulting penalty.

But, despite being short-handed, it was the Warriors that took the initiative, as Mills darted through the defence, fed Jackson Willison and then took the return pass to cross the line.

Owen scored with three minutes to go, but Leicester could not deny Worcester their second Premiership win in eight days, marred only by the early loss of GJ van Velze with a suspected broken rib.

Worcester director of rugby Gary Gold told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"For me it's not about sending out a message. A week in rugby is an eternity and we need to stay humble. If we don't we are going to get beaten by Sale.

"We don't want to get complacent. We want to keep improving. We've got some great energy and we want to score tries.

"I'm delighted for the players, the club and the coaches. In difficult times, the coaches have stuck to their task and I am proud of them."

Leicester director of rugby Matt O'Connor:

"If you take your best seven players out of the group it will have an effect, but that's not why we lost.

"We lost because we were not good enough. Blokes who play in these international windows understand they have to take their opportunity.

"We were second best in a lot of areas. We have to get better going forward."

Leicester: Veainu; Malouf, Smith, Owen, Thompstone; Ford, Harrison; Bateman, Thacker, Cilliers, Barrow (capt), Kitchener, Williams, O'Connor, Mapapalangi.

Replacements: Tait (for Smith, 70), McGuigan for Thacker, 70), Traynor (for Cilliers, 75).

Not Used: Baumann, Fitzgerald, Evans, White, Hardwick.

Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Willison, Mills, Adams; Lance, Hougaard; Waller, Singleton, Schonert, O'Callaghan (capt), Spencer, Fa'osiliva, Lewis, van Velze.

Replacements: Denton (for van Velze, 23), Scotland-Williamson for O'Callaghan (63), Milasinovich (for Adams, 70), Bower (for Waller, 71), Haupt (for Singleton, 79).

Not Used: Dowsett, Olver, Hammond.

Sin Bin: Schonert (64).

Referee: Greg MacDonald (RFU).

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