Warriors must wake up - Hill
October 31, 2010
Marcel Garvey continued his fine try-scoring form with two tries against Nottingham © Getty Images
Worcester Warriors head coach Richard Hill has warned his side they need to wake up after narrowly surviving a nine-try clash with Nottingham in the Championship on Friday.
Marcel Garvey (2), Miles Benjamin, Graham Kitchener and Aleki Lutui all crossed as Worcester secured maximum points to remain top of the table with a 35-28 victory. But it was a performance full of basic errors and Nottingham - who scored tries through Dan Hemingway, Steve Hamilton and two from David Jackson - almost completed a thrilling comeback.
Hill said: "One or two players played well and got us out of a hole but overall, again, it was littered with errors. It is getting very frustrating at the moment and that was not a good performance.
"Each player made five or six not just little errors but really basic errors. They are killing us and we have got to wake up now and realise we are in a hard league I think at the moment we are still going on that field thinking we can go and put 40 points on teams."
London Welsh's push to keep pace with Worcester Warriors at the top came unstuck against fellow play-off candidates Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Friday.
Injury-time tries from Marland Yarde and Josh Drauniniu did rescue a losing-bonus point for London Welsh, who had moved within three points of the leaders last week, but the 19-16 defeat means they now slip seven points behind Warriors at the top of the league with Bedford moving above them in the table.
The teams were locked at 6-6 at half time with Welsh's Aled Thomas cancelling out two early James Pritchard penalties. But Bedford accelerated into the lead with a try from scrum-half Darryl Veenendaal and eight further points from Pritchard.
London Welsh rallied late on with Yarde crossing before Drauniniu ran in for his tenth try of the season. But Bedford held on for the narrow win with Thomas missing both conversion attempts.
Fifth-placed Doncaster Knights secured a 26-13 victory at home to Rotherham Titans on Saturday afternoon.
Two penalties from Juan Pablo Socino meant Rotherham tailed just 7-6 at half time following try for the hosts. But Doncaster upped the pace in the second period and scored three tries to confirm the win.
Plymouth Albion ran in four tries in their 36-22 win over Moseley at Billesley Common on Saturday - a perfect response to their 41-3 defeat to Doncaster a week ago.
Kieran Hallett scored two tries for Plymouth and had a hand in the other two, which were scored by Rory Watts-Jones and Fionn McLoughlin. Mark Lee kicked four penalties and two conversions. Moseley scored two late tries through replacements Callum MacBurnie and Andrew Borgen, could not overturn the deficit.
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