Goode that nemesis Andy didn't have the last laugh
SO WINNING away is really put into perspective by a Worcester Warriors squad that fought tooth and nail for every yard of Sixways on Saturday.
In fact, Andy Goode had thought that he had clinched a victory for Worcester against the old enemy Gloucester from just down the M5.
His successful pressure kick at goal with only two minutes remaining on the clock saw Andy throw his arms into the air in jubilation that the Warriors had achieved their first win of the 2012/13 season and achieved it against the Cherry and Whites.
But alas it wasn't to be another score at the death for Goode, Gloucester's erstwhile nemesis of his Leicester Tigers and now Worcester Warriors tenure.
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A thundering effort by the Gloucester pack at the scrum on a Warriors put-in saw their front row launch the home opposition and so achieve a penalty right at the death for Gloucester.
Freddie Burns, a replacement for Mike Tindall, stepped forward and slotted the penalty with real aplomb.
The game was a scrappy affair and fairly typical of a local derby these days, especially against a Warriors side who make all opposition graft heavily for every point they make.
The number of times over the last few seasons that Worcester have come off second best in incredibly tight encounters merits investigation and this game was no different. It was a scrappy affair.
Billy Twelvetrees could have put the Cherry and Whites two scores ahead just on half-time but as Freddie Burns watched from the bench, Billy drifted several kicks wide after his two early successes.
Goode's sin-binning for an off-the-ball incident should also have profited Gloucester but Dan Robson's pass to James Simpson-Daniel in acres of space was not good and was fumbled by the winger.
Gloucester were having their moments of good driving forward play but they could not release their back row fliers into any space.
Henry Trinder's second-half try came after several substitutions by Nigel Davies, and resulted from a slick approach from our young backs and it pushed Gloucester into what should have been a match-winning seven point lead.
But the riposte from the home side was almost immediate as Worcester found some forward go-forward to release James Currie for a short-range try.
So 13-13, a poor spectacle but a riveting climax that saw a draw for Gloucester at Sixways as just reward for their efforts on the day.