Rugby Championship: Plymouth Albion 19 Worcester Warriors 26
Worcester Warriors found out at Brickfields that life in the Championship isn’t going to be the stroll that many people have been predicting.
Plymouth Albion, coming into the game on the back of a 51-3 defeat at Bedford, took the game to Warriors from the kick-off.
Albion led 13-12 at half-time and kept the lead until the hour mark.
At that point Warriors head coach Richard Hill emptied his bench and Warriors’ extra firepower made the difference.
Hill said: “We have a lot of improvement to make but credit must go to Plymouth.
“Today proved that sides at home will raise their game against us.
“We struggled to keep possession for more than two or three phases but we are giving the younger players game time in the opening three matches.”
Worcester outscored Albion by three tries to one with left wing Miles Benjamin notching a brace.
Plymouth raced into a seven-point lead when fly-half Alex Davies scored under the posts and added a conversion.
Warriors responded with a counter-attack try finished off in the corner by Benjamin.
Fly-half Joe Carlisle missed the conversion and watched Davies slot two long-range penalties for a 13-5 Plymouth lead.
A missed tackle in midfield by Plymouth lock Tom Skelding gave Benjamin the space to cross for his second try which Carlisle converted.
Early in the second half Plymouth were reduced to 14 when centre Sione Tu’ipulotu was yellow carded for an illegal hit on Warriors full-back Tom Arscott, who was playing against his former club.
While a man down Albion went further ahead through another Davies penalty before Warriors took control, scoring 14 unanswered points.
Marcel Garvey got Warriors’ third try before former England fly-half Andy Goode, on as a replacement, kicked three penalties.
A late Davies penalty took Plymouth to within seven points of Worcester to earn a well-deserved bonus point.