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RUGBY UNION: Students are stunned by Warriors' late try treble
Oxford University 25
Worcester Warriors 34
Oxford University were stunned by a late Worcester Warriors fightback at Iffley Road yesterday.
The students led 18-0 and 25-10, but were undone by three tries in the final eight minutes.
Oxford captain John Carter named himself on the bench after shrugging off a sickness bug that had ripped through the squad.
Worcester fielded five players who have appeared in the Premiership this season.
Fly half Jacob Taylor kicked Oxford ahead with a fourth-minute penalty, but his side then had plenty of defending to do.
The students scored from their first real attack on 20 minutes when hooker Nick Gardner darted through a gap ten metres out from the line.
Taylor converted for a healthy 10-0 lead.
It got even better on 27 minutes when lock Will Rowlands broke through in midfield and timed his scoring pass well to allow wing Henry Lamont an easy run in for try No 2.
Australian Taylor made amends for a poor earlier attempt by slotting a penalty for 18-0.
But Worcester had the final say of the half when centre Max Stelling cut inside to score the first of a try treble.
It was game on when visiting full back Ben Howard went over on the left soon after the restart.
However, an excellent driving maul ended with Rowlands scoring Oxford's third try, with Taylor converting for 25-10.
Oxford prop Lewis Anderson was sin-binned as Worcester pressed, but they were not to be denied and replacement prop Josh McNaulty scored from close range and fly half Elliott Davies converted.
The visitors were turning on the power now and trailed just 25-24 when Davies converted a 72nd-minute penalty try.
Worcester were ahead three minutes later with a try from Stelling on the overlap and the same player's interception score wrapped it up.
Oxford University: Doe, S Williams, Janney*, Turner*, Lamont* (Alexander-Neil 62) Taylor, Egerton* (Shorthose 69), Anderson* (Irvine 75), Gardner*, I Williams (Hannah 62), Rickner* (Reeson-Price 53), Rowlands*, Harris* (capt), Jones* (Irvine 69-75), MacGilchrist (Carter* 62). * denotes Blue.
Worcester Warriors: Howard (capt), Steph-enson, Stelling, Jackson, Chapman (Hughes 57), Davies, De Cohti, Cosgrove (McNaulty (blood) 10-16), Seymour (Young 60), O'Donnel (McNaulty 45), Kerry (Kitchener 57), Casson, De Carpentier, Boyce (Austin 66), Tyas.
Referee: L Haskins (RFU).
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