Worcester Wanderers 11--Hereford 20
Despite the result a much better performance against an in form team.
The Wanderers put their recent indifferent form behind them but, came up just short against an inform Hereford RFC who ran out winners by 20 points to 11 at Weston's on Saturday.
The large crowd enjoyed a typical derby game with both teams scrapping for every ball and giving very little away in defence.
There were fine Wanderers debuts for Alex Peel and Timm Petersen who both played their part in a good team performance.
Playing with the wind, the Wanderers enjoyed the territorial advantage throughout the first quarter and beyond but, spending long periods in the Hereford 22 they could not force their way across the try line as the Hereford defence held firm.
The scrum was becoming a frustrating area for both sets of players and the spectators, with resets and penalties disrupting what was otherwise an enthralling game of rugby!
Tom Biggs was putting the Wanderers into good field positions but, their only reward was two Biggs penalties to one from Hereford.
It was very tight, both sides, however, to their credit, did try to use the ball positively and created half chances to score throughout.
The second half saw Hereford with the territorial advantage, the Wanderers defence held firm but, they were finally undone by a well-executed training pitch move which saw the Hereford outside centre glide in under the posts untouched to open up a 7 point lead.
The Wanderers introduced James Parker and Tom Muir to the fray and they brought an instant response, Parker driving deep into the Hereford defence.
The Wanderers had some momentum and pushed forward, the territorial advantage was now theirs; Hereford's defence was excellent as they thwarted the Wanderers attack, patience was the key, finally, the Wanderers found Muir wide on the left and he crashed over in the corner to bring the score to 13 points to 11, Hereford.
The Wanderers pressed forward from the kick off but, Hereford turned over and swarmed into the Wanderers 22, a deft chip over the Wanderers defensive line, from the Hereford fly half, found a pair of Hereford grateful hands to score under the Wanderers posts.
With minutes remaining the Wanderers went straight back up field but, time was against them and Hereford were worthy winners by 20 points to 11.