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Worcester Warriors come into Saturday’s clash with Ospreys full of confidence after beating European heavyweights Stade Francais Paris 38-27 at Stade Jean Bouin last weekend.
The visitors also put in a superb performance as they defeated Pau 27-0 and will be looking for a repeat display at Sixways Stadium this weekend. The match gets underway at 15:00 BST.
- Worcester and Ospreys have never met before in European competition; Warriors’ only previous Challenge Cup games against Welsh opponents came in 2016/17 when they played Dragons in the pool stage, registering a home win and away defeat.
- Worcester are unbeaten in five home games (W4, D1), scoring exactly four tries in each of their three games at Sixways last season.
- Worcester come into this game having registered their first away win in France in over 10 years, beating Stade Francais 38-27 at Jean Bouin.
- Ospreys missed just five tackles in the process of keeping Pau scoreless, giving them the best tackle rate of 96% in Round 1.
- Ospreys’ 27-0 win against Pau in Round 1 was the second time they have held an opponent scoreless in European competition (45-0 v Newcastle in October 2016).
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Worcester Warriors held off a brave Ospreys resurgence to clinch their second victory and move ahead of their opposition at the top of Pool 2 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The English side were dominant in the first half and fly-half Jamie Shillcock led the way with the opening try after a break from full-back Perry Humphreys.
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) October 20, 2018
There was worse to follow for the visitors as centre Wynand Olivier crossed and then hooker Jack Singleton added a third in the closing minutes of the half. Shillcock landed all three conversions and they led 21-0 at the break.
They were rocked back on their heels though as the Ospreys roared back through centre Cory Allen and when lock forward Rob McCusker added a second they were right back in the contest.
A drive over the line under the posts gives McCusker the try! His first for the Ospreys! pic.twitter.com/3wGzy4eVIh
— Ospreys (@ospreys) October 20, 2018
A Shillcock penalty eased the pressure for Worcester but back came Ospreys with Allen’s second touchdown which was only enough to secure a losing bonus point following a final penalty from Shillcock a minute from time.
In round three,Worcester visit Pau while Ospreys will attempt to bounce back the following day at home to Stade Français.