Chris Pennell scores Worcester’s second try to help them on their way to a bonus-point win over Saracens
Gallagher Premiership
Worcester Warriors: (14) 31
Tries: Fatialofa, Pennell, Hill, Adams Con: Weir 4 Pen: Weir
Saracens: (16) 29
Tries: Tompkins, Bosch Con: Whiteley 2 Pen: Whiteley 5

Duncan Weir’s last-minute penalty saw Worcester Warriors defeat the newly-crowned Champions Cup winners Saracens.

The home side were awarded a penalty as the clock ticked into the red, with the Scottish international’s successful kick sparking jubilant scenes.

Nineteen points from Saracens scrum-half Tom Whiteley looked to have secured the win before the late drama.

The defeat for much-changed Saracens comes just a week after their European title win over Leinster.

A Whiteley penalty opened the scoring in the fifth minute, before Worcester hit back through Michael Fatialofa’s first Warriors try.

Whiteley added another penalty before Saracens were reduced to 14 men, with David Strettle sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.

The visitors took the lead for the first time just after the half-hour mark when Nick Tompkins pounced on a mistake by Weir to go under the posts.

Worcester went back in front through Chris Pennell but another penalty from Whiteley gave Saracens a narrow two-point lead at the break.

Whiteley stretched that advantage in the 50th minute, before Worcester’s Ted Hill crashed over from close range and Marcelo Bosch dotted down at the other end.

Josh Adams scored the bonus-point try for Worcester and then it was left to Weir to kick the winning points, with the last action of the game.

Second-placed Saracens play Gloucester in next Saturday’s play-off semi-final, whereas Warriors finished the season in 10th, above relegated Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers.

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Howe, Olivier, Te’o, Adams; Weir, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Bresler, Fatialofa, Hill, du Preez, van Velze (capt).

Replacements: Singleton, Black, Milasinovich, Kitchener, Lewis, Arr, Shillcock, Hearle.

Saracens: Gallagher; Strettle, Bosch, Tompkins, Lewington; Vunipola, Whiteley; Figallo, Gray, Judge, Isiekwe, Day, Clark (capt), Burger, Earl.

Replacements: Woolstencroft, Thompson-Stringer, Walker, Kpoku, Christie, Taylor, Griffiths, Segun.

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