Warriors get back to winning ways
December 13, 2008
Worcester's Dale Rasmussen feels the force of the Bourgoin defence during the clash at Sixways
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Worcester Warriors got their European Challenge Cup campaign back on track with a 27-6 victory over Pool 3 rivals Bourgoin.
Fly-half Joe Carlisle kicked the Premiership side to victory with five penalties and conversion while Sam Tuitupou and Aleki Lutui both grabbed tries as the hosts avenged last weekend's defeat to the French Top 14 side. Bourgoin's only points came from the boot of fly-half Sébastien Laloo.
Carlisle capitalised on some early indiscipline from the French side by slotting three penalties but Laloo redressed the balance with two of his own to close the deficit to three points at the break.
But the Warriors raised their game after the break with Carlisle adding two more penalties before Tuitupou crossed for his side's first try that his No.10 also converted. Lutui hammered home the English side's advantage with a try in the closing moments to seal the victory and keep the Warriors on course for the last eight.
Worcester Warriors: E Hickey; R Gear, D Rasmussen, S Tuitupou, C Fellows; J Carlisle, M Powell; D Morris, C Fortey, T Taumoepeau, W Bowley, C Gillies, N Talei, P Sanderson, K Horstmann
Replacements: C Horsman, A Lutui, K Kitchener, M Cox, J Arr, A Grove, H Luscombe
Bourgoin: A Forest; F Romanet, M Viazzo, R Coetzee, J Coux; S Laloo, M Parra; A Tchougong, T Kopelani, P Cardinali, W Jooste, B Williams, S Nicolas, B Leonte, T Genevois
Replacements: J Genevois, V Pelo, W Roux, C Basson, Y Labrit, J Gondrand, A Dumoulin
Referee: Andrew McPherson (Scotland)
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