Worcester 17 Hereford 33
Saturday at Worcester, Hereford registered their first away win of the season and achieved their first double in the process.
Hereford though turned up the gas and closed off the game with two further tries.
With forwards Ben Greenhouse and Ollie Hutcheson prominent the Wyesiders remained in control and a slick passing movement ended with Dan Stacey forced into touch. The third Hereford score came when Callum Brayshaw exploited a Worcester mistake, he hacked a loose ball down field and followed up to touch down for a try which he converted himself. Before the interval some sustained Worcester pressure on the Hereford line pulled in defenders and an accurate cross kick was touched down in the corner.
The conversion attempt failed, leaving the visitors to lead at half time by 21 points to 5.
Head coach, Scott Sturdy said after the game “Firstly it was a great result on Saturday, it’s beendifficult for us away from home this season, we’ve not had any results and have struggled from aperformance perspective. It’s positive that we’ve addressed some of the issues we faced away from home early on and managed to put them into practice at the weekend. We were extremely good for the first thirty minutes, our attack was really dangerous, breaking the line and keeping the ball alive with some good off-loads and scoring some very good tries.
Worcester were allowed back into the game with a score before the interval and didn’t really come out after half-time. We couldn’t retain possession and allowed Worcester to exert pressure to get back to 21–17.A pleasing psychological aspect was that we worked out what we needed to do to change the energy of the game. We got ourselves back on the ball and scored a couple more tries towards the end of the game, which made the game look more comfortable than it was.Overall, it was great to get that monkey off our back and to get our first away win. We now have a very difficult month coming up, with second placed Kenilworth away and top team Lichfield at home, followed by Ludlow away. We definitely need to build from this result if we’re to take anything from the rest of this month.The Mud-dogs also had a great win over Camp Hill 22–10 and they will be playing Stafford at home this weekend. Two great results to start the year and we aim to build on that in the coming weeks.”