Strange's late miss allows Worcester to scrape home


Last updated at 09:09 04 May 2008

Jason Strange missed the chance to

give Bristol a victorious farewell to the

Memorial Stadium when his last-gasp

drop-goal, the final kick of the game,

was charged down by a resurgent


Bristol will be sharing Newport's

Rodney Parade ground for the next two

years while their present home is

transformed into an 18,500 all-seat

stadium. But someone forgot to send

Worcester the script as they ran in the

only three tries of the game to complete

a Premiership double over their


Worcester’s Miles Benjamin

Foul: Worcester’s Miles Benjamin was yellow-carded

In front of just over 9,000 supporters,

Bristol fly-half Strange, who claimed all

the home side's points, still looked like

he would snatch victory with the final

kick of the game. Bristol included a

number of players who will be not

returning after the club's move.

Former Scotland prop David Hilton

will be hanging up his boots at the end of

the season, while centres Rob

Higgitt and Sam Cox,

replacement lock Sean

Hohneck and former Wales A

fly-half Strange are moving on

to new pastures next season.

Joe Carlisle made his first

Premiership start for

Worcester at fly-half and he

had a hand in their opening try

as Miles Benjamin went

through in the left corner.

Carlisle was off target with

his touchline conversion

attempt but opposite number

Strange replied quickly with a

25-metre penalty followed,

five minutes later, by a second

from 15m further out.

Bristol continued to exert the

pressure, Strange's second and

third penalties stretching their

lead midway through the half.

Worcester had an opportunity to reduce the

arrears 15 minutes before the

break but Carlisle's penalty

attempt fell well short.

Strange showed him the way

as he landed his fourth from 30

metres. The visitors' problems

got worse in the final 10

minutes of the half when

blindside flanker Tom Wood

was yellow carded by referee

Ashley Rowden.

Wood had

illegally tackled Bristol's

acting skipper Shaun Perry

after the England scrum-half

took a tap penalty.

The Warriors levelled the

scores at 12-12 on the stroke of

half-time as New Zealand

centre Sam Tuitupou danced

his way through slack

defending, with Carlisle finally making a kick to convert the


Bristol started the second

half in spirited fashion but had

to settle for a couple of

penalties from Strange.

Ten minutes into the half and

Worcester were again down to

14 men when Benjamin was

yellow carded for preventing

the ball being released when

he tackled flanker Iain Grieve.

Strange landed the penalty.

But the visitors continued to

battle away and earned their

third try through centre Rico

Gear and later Shane Drahm

put them in front again with a

penalty from wide on the left.

It ended up the winning

score as Strange's drop-goal

attempt came to nought.

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