European Challenge Cup: Brive 33-7 Worcester

Worcester Warriors
Worcester fell to a heavy defeat in difficult conditions in France
European Challenge Cup Pool Five
Brive (14) 31
Tries: Koyamaibole 2, Masilevu, Waqaniborutu, Burotu Cons: Germain 4
Worcester (0) 7
Tries: Howe Cons: Pennell

Worcester Warriors were knocked out of the European Challenge Cup after defeat by Brive in a game relocated because of a waterlogged pitch.

The match was originally set to kick-off at 14:30 GMT but was put back to 19:00 GMT and moved to nearby Tulle.

Sisa Koyamaibole scored two first-half tries to put the hosts in charge.

Benito Masilevu, Dominiko Waqaniborutu and Seremaia Buroto all crossed for Brive after the break, Tom Howe's late try proving scant consolation.

Referee Daniel Jones chose to delay the game following a deluge of rain at the Stade Amedee-Domenech in Brive and it was switched to the Stade Alexandra Cueille, home of Sporting Club Tulle Correze, 40 minutes' drive away.

Results earlier in the day meant the Warriors had to pick up at least two points to guarantee progress to the quarter finals.

However, in torrid conditions they spent the majority of the first half battling to keep the French side out and trailed 14-0 at the break.

Needing to win and earn a bonus point to have a chance of reaching the last eight, Brive continued to push on and quickly picked up the extra point with their fourth try.

Howe's score at last got the Premiership side on the scoreboard, but Buroto's last-minute try capped off a miserable trip for the English side.

Warriors head coach Carl Hogg told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We were hoping for a surface on which we could move their big front five around and play a bit of rugby with ball in hand, but conditions dictated otherwise.

"It was very much about an arm wrestle with their big front five and them gaining dominance up front and field position from it.

"We pitched up at the Stade Amedee-Domenech and the field was clearly unplayable with standing water. As the host side, Brive had to come up with an alternative venue. But the conditions in Tulle provided difficult to play any level of rugby."

Brive: Germain; Namy, Le Bourhis, Burotu, Masilevu; Bezy, Lobzhanidze; Asieshvili, Tadjer, Johnston, Snyman, Uys, Herjean, Luafutu, Koyamaibole.

Replacements: Acquier, Bamba, Bekoshvili, Waqaniburotu, Narisia, Cazenave, Galala, Laranjeira.

Worcester: Howard; Humphreys, Pennell, Wilkinson, Hammond; Shillcock, Dowsett; Bower, Haupt, Kerrod, Barry, Phillips, Fa'osiliva, Cox, van Velze.

Replacements: Singleton, Milasinovich, Alo, Taylor, Williams, L Baldwin, Olver, Howe.

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