Aviva Premiership: Worcester go down with a victory against Gloucester
Last Updated: 10/05/14 8:08pm
Alex Grove on the attack for Worcester Warriors
Ryan Lamb landed a late penalty as relegated Worcester edged out his former club Gloucester at Sixways to claim a second Aviva Premiership win of the season on the final day.
Lamb weighed in with 18 points in total, claiming one of the Warriors' three tries and landing two conversions and three penalties.
Freddie Burns' third and final penalty of the match edged Gloucester, who led 17-15 at the break, ahead but Lamb held his nerve to kick the penalty that clinched victory for the home side.
The destiny of this season's Premier League title will be decided LIVE on Sky Sports this Sunday - just one piece of drama playing out on a wonderful weekend of sport. Add in the Spanish Grand Prix, the Sky Bet Football League play-offs, the Players Championship, La Liga title race and more and Sky Sports is the only place to be. You can upgrade to Sky Sports or buy a day pass through NOW TV to watch all this fantastic live action.
England wing Jonny May scored two tries for the visitors but he and Rob Cook had spells in the sin-bin which ultimately proved costly as Gloucester suffered a defeat that saw them drop to ninth place in the final Premiership table.
Gloucester struck first when May burst clear inside his own 22 and went over for his first try of the afternoon and Shane Monahan quickly added a second try for the visitors to give them an early stranglehold on the match.
Burns could not add the extras to either try and Lamb landed his first penalty to get the Warriors on the board at 3-10.
Sione Kalamafoni forced his way over for Gloucester's third try to put them firmly in command but Worcester responded quickly with a Semisi Taulava try from a lineout to give the home side renewed hope.
May was sent to the sin bin with half-time looming when he played the ball on the ground after halting Alex Grove's break.
The Warriors cashed in, Lamb capping off a slick move to cross under the posts before adding the extras.
England Sevens wing Josh Drauniniu gathered a crossfield kick after the break to edge the Warriors ahead for the first time, with Lamb converting.
But May, back from the sinbin, finished off a speedy break to leave Burns a straightforward kick that edged Gloucester back in front.
Cook was yellow-carded for killing the ball with just over 10 minutes remaining and Lamb landed the penalty to put Warriors one point ahead.
Burns responded to give Gloucester the advantage but when Lamb's final penalty chance game he took the chance to give the Warriors an encouraging end to a disappointing season.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2013/14 Round 22
Gloucester chief Nigel Davies felt his side's 28-27 defeat against already relegated Worcester summed up their campaign.
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder is not getting carried away with their thumping 74-13 win over a weakened Wasps side.
Conor O'Shea hailed Harlequins' mental strength after beating Bath to secure the last Aviva Premiership play-off spot.