Hereford lose to local rivals in tough game they should have won.
This was a typical end of season game between teams fighting their way out of the relegation zone. Hereford dominated field position and possession for long periods of the game and it is a mystery that they contrived to lose. The Wyesiders started brightly, moving the ball through hands and from a promising move Callum Duncan got the ball away to Leon Parsons in space, only to be called back for a forward pass. The pressure forced Worcester to concede a couple of penalties and from the second, Perry Pudge gave Hereford a three-point lead. However, this did not last long and a few minutes later Worcester made their first visit to the home 22. From a scrum near the Hereford line, Worcester pushed over for a try, to which they added the extra points. Minutes later they added a penalty goal which took their lead to 10 points to 3, a lead they held until the interval. Before half time though, a ruck exploded and the referee first gave a Worcester player a yellow card followed by a red card for Hereford’s Ben Hillstead and yellow for Brad Talbot.
The second half was totally dominated by Hereford and Worcester rarely got out of their own half. Hereford battered the Worcester line for long periods, but the visitors’ defence held out, often giving away penalties which Hereford kicked to touch, took quickly or opted for a scrum, all to no effect. Eventually, Dean Powell reduced the deficit to 4 points with a penalty. Hereford had more than enough kickable penalties to win the game, but the final score remained at 6 points to 10 and the reward was just a single losing bonus point. There were some good performances, in particular, the depleted front row and some stirring loose play from Matt Pritchard and Callum Duncan. Perry Pudge always looked dangerous and Tom Ewins, taking over as skipper in the absence of Luke Yarranton and Richard Preece had a good game. The whole team battled well with a man short for over half the game and should have won with better decision making.
Updated 21:34 - 11 Mar 2017 by Rob Davies