Worcester gave their survival hopes a major boost on Friday after they beat Premiership relegation rivals London Irish 23-8 at Sixways.
The win puts Worcester 10 points clear of the bottom side, which is a handy cushion to have over the Exiles at this stage of the season.
Josh Adams scored two tries in the first-half for the Warriors, with Alex Lewington responding for the visitors who suffer a tenth defeat.
Worcester raced into a 7-0 advantage when they crossed through wing Adams in the fifth minute. His try came thanks to a well weighted kick behind the onrushing London Irish defence from Ryan Mills and Adams had the pace to get to the ball first. Chris Pennell nailed the two.
Pennell made it 10-0 on 22 minutes with a penalty but London Irish responded with one of their own, from Greig Tonks, before claiming a key try six minutes before the interval when wing Lewington crossed out of nothing. His virtuoso run and kick ahead led to him going over.
However the hosts would hit back in the dying embers of the half again through Adams, whose converted try meant it was a 17-8 advantage.
Pennell was the first to add to the scoreboard after the break with a penalty on 50 minutes before things got heated between Saia Faingaa and Donncha O’Callaghan at a ruck. Pictures clearly showed lock O’Callaghan pull Faingaa’s hair before the Australian slapped him in the face.
Worcester though were not to be denied this vital Premiership victory and a further Pennell penalty in the 54th minute gave them even more breathing space at 23-8, which was how it remained until full-time. London Irish are now in serious danger of being cut adrift from their rivals.
Tries: Adams 2
Cons: Pennell 2
Pens: Pennell 3
Yellow Card: Taufete’e
For London Irish: