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Worcester Warriors’ Chris Pennell reacts to history-making day

Despite a narrow 33-30 loss to Exeter Chiefs yesterday, fan favourite Chris Pennell gave the Worcester Warriors faithful something to cheer about.

The 31-year-old became the first player to make 150 Premiership appearances for the club and just the sixth to reach 400 points in the process.

A one-club-man, Pennell has spent the last 12 years with Worcester which is something he showed his appreciation for at full time.

He said: “It’s so hard to put into words. Worcester’s been my home for almost half my life and I owe this place an awful lot.

“I was born in Worcester, it’s my local team so I’m desperate for success here and I’m convinced it’ll come in the next few years.

“I’m getting to play the game I love with an incredible group of lads that are all striving for success.”

Going in at half time 19-6 down, Worcester shocked Sixways by running in four second-half tries.

Pennell was at the centre of the action scoring nine points on the day, with the biggest cheer of the day coming in the dying embers of the game as he ran in the hosts’ bonus-point try.

Also on the scoreboard were Pennell’s back three partners Bryce Heem and Tom Howe.

Heem was particularly impressive, breaking multiple tackles before his try before coming off his wing to assist Howe’s try. In doing so, he also moved to 2nd in the Premiership metres made standings with 986.

Taking Worcester to within three points of a draw against the league-leaders, Sixways was bouncing with minutes left to play.

This drew parallels to Pennell’s 200th game overall for Worcester last season against Harlequins.

Comparing the two days, he said: “The Quins game was also Donncha O’Callaghan’s last competitive fixture so there was an awful lot of emotion around the game.

“I’ll probably look back later at the individual achievement and have a glass of wine with my wife around that.

“But the overriding emotions for was that I wanted the guys to put in a performance we could all be proud of. So different circumstances to last year, I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win but pleased with the performance.”

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