Crisis Club Worcester beaten badly by London Irish in Premiership opener

Worcester collapsed with a heavy defeat in the Gallagher Premiership opener to confirm a long season awaited on and off the field as London Irish sauntered to a 45-14 win.

Faced with the prospect of administration owing to over £25million in debt, the Warriors found no sanctuary on the pitch at Brentford Community Stadium as they leaked seven tries.

Their players have still not been paid in full for August and with £6million in taxes due, the club faces a final court hearing on October 6 while urgent new ownership searches are carried out behind the scenes.

Evidence of the financial plight was that last season’s kits were still being used, with the kits not showing player names to make them interchangeable given the limited number available.

Deprived of all pre-season games by the crisis, Worcester struggled as their promising start ran out of breath, particularly in their breakdown discipline as they lost the first-half penalty count 8-0.

The Irish used their chances beautifully but rarely came under pressure and usually Henry Arundell was on the scoresheet just a minute after coming off the bench, his first involvement hacking the ball forward and the second picking it up to touchdown .

Players and officials observe a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of the Queen (Steven Paston/PA).

(PA wire)

After a moving minute’s silence in memory of the Queen who passed away on Thursday and a performance of “God Save the King,” Worcester tried to take a month of frustration out on Irish people.

It worked for a time as they set out like a freight train to force the Exiles into a long defensive streak, with center Ollie Lawrence posing the biggest threat with two strong carries before Jamie Shillcock capitalized on an error and over the right sideline escaped.

Another Lawrence run caused problems but as he spilled the ball forward the Irish counter attacked and a few stages later Ollie Hassell-Collins ran across the field to initiate a try which was stopped by Ben Donnell.

The Exiles led despite being frequently besieged, but they were helped by a favorable penalty count which saw their opponents injure five times in the first quarter alone.

London’s Henry Arundell (right) landed twice (Steven Paston/PA).

(PA wire)

While Worcester was busy shooting himself in the foot, Irish’s back produced a precise and quick play sequence to add a second try by Ben White.

The Shaky Warriors defense invited Haskell-Collins for a third time, delivered within half an hour and when Arundell worked his magic eight minutes after the break, the bonus point was assured.

Will Joseph took advantage of a mistake to shoot over from close range, but the one-way traffic was finally broken in the 65th minute when backup hooker Curtis Langdon ended a series of forward drives.

Agustin Creevy restored the order of the game, but although Worcester seemed to have the final say through Shillcock, Arundell added his second in stoppage time.

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