Premiership Rugby Cup: Worcester 35-3 Sale

Francois Venter scores a try for Worcester against Sale
Francois Venter crossed for one of three first-half Worcester tries against Sale at Sixways
Premiership Rugby Cup
Worcester (21) 35
Tries: Adams, Hougaard, Venter, Phillips, Williams Cons: Weir 4, Shillcock
Sale (3) 3
Pen: Wilkinson

Worcester Warriors convincingly beat Sale Sharks in the opening match of the inaugural Premiership Rugby Cup.

Worcester ran in five tries through Josh Adams, Francois Hougaard, Francois Venter, Pierce Phillips and Matti Williams in a 35-3 win at Sixways.

Sale, who made 13 changes from the win over Connacht, managed only a solitary Kieran Wilkinson penalty in reply.

The competition, replacing the Anglo-Welsh Cup, splits the 12 Premiership clubs into three pools of four.

In the other match in Worcester and Sale's pool. Saracens and Leicester will face each other at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Warriors, who made 11 changes to their starting XV themselves from their European Challenge Cup victory against Ospreys, have now won five of their last six matches in all competitions.

England will travel to Portugal on Wednesday October 24 to begin their preparations for the four-Test series.

Worcester had three players - Ben Te'o, Nick Schonert and Ted Hill - and Sale two - Chris Ashton and Tom Curry - away in Portugal with England's 36-man Autumn internationals training squad.

Meanwhile, former Warriors head coach Carl Hogg, who left in the summer, has been appointed Scotland Under-20s coach ahead of next year's Six Nations.

Worcester: Shillcock; Heem, Lawrence, Venter, Adams; Weir, Hougaard; Black, Singleton, Mudariki, Bresler, Phillips, Cox, Lewis, van Velze (capt).

Replacements: Milasinovich for Mudariki (34), Barry for Phillips (45), Bower for Black (45), Annett for Singleton (50), Humphreys for Weir (55), Heaney for Hougaard (55), Olivier for Venter (64), Williams for Lewis (68).

Sin Bin: Milasinovich (69).

Sale: Reed; Roebuck, Doherty, L James, Odogwu; Wilkinson, Bristow; Langdon, Tarus, Nott, Ostrikov, Dugdale, B Curry, Beaumont, Warr.

Not Used: Dolly, J Pope, Jones, Postlewaite, Leatherbarrow, Sturgess, Curtis, N Pope.

Attendance: 6,606.

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