Worcester Warriors have defeated the Leicester Tiger for the first time at Welford Road in over 122 years. Alafoti Faosiliva and Josh Adams started on a brilliant note for the Warriors but then Mike Fitzgerald and Joe Ford gave the Tigers a boost. Jack Singleton tried extending the Warrior’s lead after the break and then Ryan Mills’ try took the dream further before Gareth Owen’s try cut the lead.
Owen scored with minutes left but it was not enough to stop the Warriors. The team is excited to break the jinx and get their second win in eight days but it came at the cost of GJ van Velze, who might have broken his rib.
The Warriors team could smell a shock victory after 14 attempts. The Worcester Rugby teams have been to Leicester since 1895 but they have never won at Welford Road. After their very poor start to the Premiership season where they have lost seven straight times, the team was keen on a second straight victory – and possibly begin their redemption. Many of the players were hoping a win would increase their chances of making their national teams, with many hoping fans hoping to see their local heroes come good on the international scene – click here for the latest Six Nations fixtures.
The win places them six points above London Irish, who are at the bottom of the log. For the Tigers, they drop to fourth place – below the Bath team – with the unexpected loss.
Gary Gold, the director of rugby for the Warriors, said the team does not want get complacent but keep improving. He adds that he is proud of the players and coaches for the feat even in difficult times. His counterpart at Leicester Matt O’Connor hinted that the absence of the best players affected them. O’Connor charged the team to get better moving forward.