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Worcester game goes ahead despite coach fire

Last Updated: 24/08/13 7:55pm

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Worcester's pre-season friendly with Ospreys went ahead despite the Warriors' team bus catching fire on their way to the game.

The incident occurred on the M5 as the Aviva Premiership side travelled to south Wales.

Players and officials escaped injury and after a call to the Ospreys, both clubs agreed the game should go ahead.

"The Warriors team bus caught fire on the M5 this morning," the club tweeted on their official feed. "All players and staff are safe and well."

The game - won 23-19 by the Ospreys - was their final warm-up before the Aviva Premiership campaign, which starts with a trip to Leicester on 8 September.

Warriors coach Dean Ryan later told the club website: "(The crash) didn't affect the game at all. Ideally I wouldn't want us to be stood at the side of the motorway but we got on with it.

"It's an incident which will create a story during the week but in terms of today, it wasn't about that.

"We had done too much work to allow it to affect us. For players to get their preparation right and be that physical and sharp when we'd been on the road since 9am is fantastic.

"In terms of the journey we're starting, that was a nice first chapter and we've got a lot to be proud of."

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