London Irish 25-25 Worcester: The Fighters Win Dramatic Premiership Cup Final Most Scored After Fin Smith’s Last Convert That Forced Overtime
- The Worcester Warriors have won the Premiership Cup in trials after forced overtime
- Paddy Jackson scored six penalties and a substitution to deliver the Cup to them
- Some decisive defense from both sides was a feature of the other half
- Worcester conceded 17 penalties in regulation as a sign of loss of discipline
Worcester boss Steve Diamond jokingly announced himself to Jose Mourinho in rugby after winning the Premiership Rugby Cup on Tuesday night.
Although the goal line ended after 100 minutes, Worcester picked up the trophy as he had trumped the London Irish three times to one.
Flank Warriors Kyle Hatherell scored in the 85th minute of stoppage attempt before Irish No. 10 Paddy Jackson missed three penalties to win the game.
Fin Smith’s conversion shortly after his death forced extra time after Kyle Hatherell crossed over
Feather: Jackson (6)
Tries: Kvesic, Humphreys, Hatherell
Feather: Blacksmith (2)
Irish London: Arundella; Cinti, Joseph, Van Rensburg, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, White; Gigena, Willemse, M. van der Merwe; Munga, Simmons, Rogerson, Gonzalez; Tuisue
Worcester Warriors: Shillcock; Humphreys, Venter, Beck, D van der Merwe; Smith, Simpson; Waller, Annett, Judge; Batley, G Kitchener, Hatherell, Kvesic; Hill
Judge: Wayne Barners
– It’s just pressure, isn’t it. He’s a fantastic player and you hear shouts sometimes, ”Worcester head coach Steve Diamond said about Jackson.
– I won twice now in trot, next week I will be called Mourinho in the Sunday Mail! It’s definitely something to build on. “
Jackson fired his first penalty in three minutes and was blessed the whole time with opportunities – Diamond’s team backed away four times for objection.
Worcester has won just three away games in two seasons but struggled to lead the break.
Flanker Matt Kvesic sprinted from base to try, and Perry Humphreys scored just before the break to cancel Jackson’s penalties.
The London Irish were disciplined and cunning at all times, but Worcester stuck there
Paddy Jackson brought his right foot to the party at normal time but noticed she left him late
It appears Worcester’s discipline has cost them 17 penalties in regular time
Jackson regained the lead, but breakthrough star Henry Arundell was closely organized and the London Irish lineout waned.
Worcester introduced Olli Lawrence from the bench for a powerful episode. Jackson increased his points count to 20, ahead of Hatherell’s late scoring.
Smith missed the first in extra time, but Jackson missed the target three times to donate the Warriors Cup.
Henry Arunell’s day, which he remembered after being called to England, has become one to be forgotten after his recent Cup defeat at Brentford Community Stadium