Adams double sees Warriors home on basement battle
MATCH REPORT: A Josh Adams-inspired Worcester Warriors moved 10 points clear of bottom club London Irish in the Premiership table with a 23-8 win at Sixways.
Adams is this season's leading Premiership try scorer after two scores on Friday with fullback Chris Pennell knocking over 13 points from the tee.
A spectacular individual effort from Alex Lewington had given Irish hope before the break but Pennell punished their ill-discipline with two second-half penalties.
Ryan Mills created the opening try with a delightful chip through and with Irish unable to cover, Adams was able to storm through and dive over the line.
Pennell converted and then nailed a long-range penalty to extend the home side's lead but Greig Tonks replied with the Exiles' first points of the evening.
Trailing 10-3, Lewington produced a moment of magic to bring his side right back into contention, running across the field before sending a grubber kick through.
Adams was unable to collect the bouncing ball and Lewington pounced for his 24th Premiership try to reduce the arrears to 10-8.
But the Warriors' wing made an almost immediate amends as a training ground move from the hosts sent him through a gap but he still beat two defenders before dotting down his second score.
Pennell was once again on target with the boot to give the Warriors a 17-8 lead at the break.
The fullback added a further penalty in the second half and when Wayne Barnes, breaking the league record with his 191st game in charge, penalised Tonks, Pennell made it 23-8.
Blair Cowan dived over in the corner late on but the TMO review found an excellent try-saving tackle from Francois Hougaard saw the Irish forward drop the ball.
Warriors' Joe Taufete'e was shown a yellow card as Irish pushed for a last-minute try but were ultimately unsuccessful and left Sixways empty-handed.
For Worcester Warriors:
Tries: Adams 2
Cons: Pennell 2
Pens: Pennell 3
For London Irish:
Yellow card: Joe Taufete'e (Worcester Warriors, 80)
Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 Sam Lewis, 6 David Denton, 5 Will Spencer, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan (captain), 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Jack Singleton, 1 Ethan Waller.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete'e, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Darren Barry, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Sam Olver, 23 Perry Humphreys.
London Irish: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Fergus Mulchrone (captain), 12 Luke McLean, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 James Marshall, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Mike Coman, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Tommy Bell, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma.
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant referees: JP Doyle & Paul Dix
TMO: Stuart Terheege