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Worcester Warriors 28-12 Cornish Pirates
WORCESTER secure a home B&I Cup quarter-final with local rivals Moseley after seeing off Cornish Pirates 28-12.
The visitors won the second-half 6-3 in a drab 40 minutes disrupted by heavy downpours and stoppages in play.
However, Worcester had done more than enough in the first-half to kill off the visitors' challenge.
Warriors topped their group, while Moseley lost to Bedford to finish second in theirs and the two sides will meet at Sixways next Saturday (March 5).
WORCESTER Warriors have bossed this match so far and have all but secured a home B&I Cup quarter-final by the interval.
After a fairly slow start, the hosts burst into life with three tries in the space of 13 minutes through Andy Goode, Marcel Garvey and Chris Pennell.
Goode converted two of the scores to follow his early penalty, but was then sin-binned along with Pirates inside-centre Steve Winn in the 38th minute for a spot of handbags.
Pennell landed a penalty on the sroke of half-time, while Pirates had just two Rob Cook penalties to show for their efforts.
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Chris Pennell will captain Warriors for the first time in a competitive match as he leads the team into the must-win Pool ’A’ game to secure a last eight place.
The dynamic full-back made his playing return against local rivals Birmingham and Solihull last weekend and will now skipper Warriors for the first time on home soil.
Greg Rawlinson is handed a starting spot alongside Craig Gillies in the second row, while Adam Balding takes the place of injured back row Kai Horstmann.
Warriors: Pennell; Garvey, Grove, Rasmussen, Benjamin; Goode, Arr; A Black, Fortey, Douglas, Rawlinson, Gillies, Best, Sanderson, Balding. Reps: Shervington, Tomaszczyk, Kitchener, Collins, Frost, Carlisle, Crockett.
Cornish Pirates: Pointer; McAtee, Hopper, Winn, Davies; Cook, Cattle; Paver, Ward, Brits, Nimmo, Gulliver, Betty, Holmes, Marriott. Reps: Andrew, Cowan-Dickie, Rimmer, McGlone, Morgan, Luke, Locke.