Premiership: Worcester Warriors 20-13 Harlequins - Schonert, Mills help hosts claim third win of season
|Worcester Warriors (13) 20|
|Tries: Schonert, Mills Cons: Weir 2 Pens: Weir, Pennell|
|Harlequins (3) 13|
|Try: Marchant Con: Lang Pens: Smith, Lang|
Worcester Warriors secured a third Premiership victory of the season with a spirited defensive display against Harlequins at Sixways.
Quins began well but a strong Warriors backline held firm and, despite being on the back foot, the hosts led 13-3 at the break after Nick Schonert went over from a line-out maul.
An interception try against the run of play by Joe Marchant gave Quins hope.
But Ryan Mills forced his way over from close range to settle home nerves.
Mills lost possession as he dived over the line but the ball slipped backwards and the downward pressure from his legs was enough to ensure the try was given and take Warriors up to sixth in the table.
An encouraging start by Quins had hinted at a tough evening for the hosts but, despite looking sharp in wide areas, the Londoners were unable to break through.
Schonert's powerful score soon after the half-hour mark capped a good spell for Worcester who remained in control up front after the break.
The momentum could have changed after Marchant raced 60 metres having superbly anticipated a slow Duncan Weir pass.
But Mills was able to wrap up the win, although a late James Lang penalty did earn Quins a losing bonus point.
Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons:
"I'm really happy with the win as our set-piece was much better and our defence was absolutely outstanding after a difficult game for us at Bath last Saturday.
"We deserved the win and the only try they got was from an interception, which speaks volumes for our defensive effort.
"We still spilled too much ball and didn't have the possession we wanted as we gave away penalties at the wrong time but every single player showed a terrific level of commitment."
Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard:
"We had 60% possession and 40% of that in the final third but we couldn't make it count and also missed three kicks at goal.
"They were well coached and had a good defence, which we couldn't break down and we were on the wrong end of a couple of key refereeing decisions.
"It was a huge decision to penalise Joe Marler when Joe Marchant burst into the clear from a ruck and then we go up the other end of the field and the TMO awards a try to Ryan Mills when nobody can see him grounding the ball."
Worcester: Pennell; Heem, Venter, Mills (capt), Humphreys; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Singleton, Schonert, Bresler, Phillips, Hill, Lewis, Cox.
Replacements: Waller for Black (51), Milasinovich for Schonert (65), Annett for Singleton (68), Barry for Bresler (70), M Williams for Hill (73).
Not used: Heaney, Shillcock, Olivier.
Harlequins: Brown; Murley, Marchant, Tapuai, Earle; Smith, Mulchrone; Marler, Crumpton, Collier, Merrick, Symons, Dombrandt, Clifford, Chisholm (capt).
Replacements: Care for Mulchrone (47), Saili for Tapuai (52), Ward for Crumpton (52), Swainston for Collier (70), White for Clifford (77).
Not used: Boyce, Horwill, Lang.
Referee: Andrew Jackson.