Home team Away Team

Worcester

  • Drauniniu, Kvesic,
    Penalty goals: Goode (2),
    Conversions: Goode,
18 - 24

Exeter

  • Arscott, Steenson , Mumm ,
    Penalty goals: Steenson ,
    Conversions: Steenson (3),

Richard Hill says 'unlucky' yellow card cost Worcester chance of victory

Last updated: 30th March 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Richard Hill says 'unlucky' yellow card cost Worcester chance of victory

Richard Hill: Yellow card cost us

Related links

News

Preview

Report

Video

Teams

Also see

Worcester coach Richard Hill said the sin-binning of "unlucky" Josh Matavesi was the turning point in their 24-18 defeat to Exeter.

The incident 10 minutes from time hurt the hosts, who had rallied from 14-6 down to lead 18-17.

However, Matavesi's yellow card for deliberate offside sealed their fate and Hill said after the 24-18 defeat: "Josh thought the ball was out and was unlucky to get the yellow card. With 15 men I think we might just have held on."

"But I am really delighted with the way we fought back and our driving maul paved the way for two tries.

"I must give credit to our forwards coach, Nigel Redman, who kicked a few backsides after last week's poor performance (at London Irish)."

The Warriors also seemed unlucky not to be awarded a first half try when David Lemi went over after a superb cross-kick from Andy Goode - but the try was ruled out by the touch judge for a knock-on by Lemi.

Hill added: "It looked a good try to me and everybody else in the ground. It knocked the stuffing out of us."

High tempo

Exeter coach Rob Baxter was delighted with the result but worried about the way the Chiefs let Worcester back into the game.

"Any away wins in the Premiership are big wins. Worcester don't lose many at home but we controlled the first half as we played with a very high tempo," he said.

"However I was disappointed with the first 20 minutes after the interval as we became very edgy and tried to eke out a win when we should have continued to play as we did in the first half."

It therefore took a try two minutes from time from Dean Mumm to keep alive Exeter's hopes of European Cup rugby next season.

Baxter added: "We are one of the form teams in the Premiership with and three games to go we still have every chance of a return to the Heineken Cup."

Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 26th September
Aviva Premiership
19:45London Welsh vs Gloucester
Saturday 27th September
15:00Leicester vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Sale
15:15Northampton vs Bath
Sunday 28th September
14:00Wasps vs Newcastle
14:00Exeter vs Harlequins
Friday 3rd October
19:45Bath vs Saracens
Saturday 4th October
15:00Harlequins vs London Welsh
15:00London Irish vs Northampton
15:15Gloucester vs Leicester
Sunday 5th October
14:00Sale vs Wasps
15:00Newcastle vs Exeter
Friday 10th October
19:45Leicester vs Harlequins
Saturday 11th October
14:30London Welsh vs Newcastle
15:00Saracens vs Gloucester
15:00Exeter vs London Irish
15:15Northampton vs Sale
Sunday 12th October
14:00Wasps vs Bath
Saturday 15th November
14:00Sale vs London Irish
15:00Gloucester vs Harlequins
15:00Leicester vs Saracens
15:00Northampton vs Exeter
15:00Bath vs Newcastle
Sunday 16th November
14:00Wasps vs London Welsh
Friday 21st November
20:00Newcastle vs Gloucester

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com