New video shows miraculous 6 minute comeback that took Worcester to the Premiership
This comeback from Worcester was a miracle.
Worcester Warriors have just released full match footage online of their most dramatic day.
Back in 2015 the Midlands side had been languishing in the second tier of English rugby – desperate to make an immediate bounce back to the Premiership after a disappointing relegation.
They were up against Bristol who were coached by former England player and coach Andy Robinson.
The West Country side had pushed Worcester all season and with the set-up of the Championship – the sides ranked 1st and 2nd at the end of the season play in a two-legged final to see who will gain promotion.
Home advantage for the second leg was crucial in my opinion. It made for a lot more excitement in the build up to the game – a chance to win it in front of our own fans.
— Alex Grove (@AlexGrove) May 27, 2020
The first leg of this Championship decider had been a belter, hosted in Bristol, the score finished up at 28-29 to the visitors.
So Worcester went into the home leg of the final with a one-point aggregate lead and the support of their Sixways crowd. They were narrow favourites with established names in their ranks such as Ryan Lamb and Cooper Vuna.
The home team managed the first half well – taking a 16-6 lead at the break with an aggregate score of 45-34.
It looked like they were going up.
There were emotional scenes in the aftermath of Worcester triumph
Those scenes at the end 🥰
— Worcester Warriors (@WorcsWarriors) May 27, 2020
Robinsons Bristol weren’t going to go away that easy, as they mounted a spectacular second-half fightback that saw them leading the game by 16-30 and more importantly – a 45-58 aggregate lead with only 6 minutes left on the clock.
With the backing of the Sixways crowd and the tactical astuteness of coach Dean Ryan, the Warriors had to pull off a miracle to secure a return to England’s top flight in a matter of minutes.
Watch Worcester’s epic six-minute comeback below…
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