9 PENNELL – an outstanding performance from the full-back who had a hand in four of Warriors’ five tries with excellent support lines and handling. My man of the match.

8 Heem – made a few uncharacteristic mistakes but weighed in with two tries. The second of those saw him fend off a couple of tacklers to score in the corner.

7 Lawrence – in what was a memorable afternoon for Warriors’ back-line the centre played his part but did not see as much of the ball and was forced off with a dead leg.

8 Venter – has done a brilliant job filling in for Mills at inside centre as he ran hard all afternoon and was involved in a number of superb moves in attack.

8 Humphreys – after a frustrating time with injury the wing looks to be back to his best as he provided the assist for Weir’s try and was a thorn in Tigers' side.

7 Weir – his run of successive conversions came to an end as he missed two kicks but scored the opening try and pulled the strings in a five-try showing.

8 Hougaard – teed up Hill for his score and crossed the whitewash himself as he showed his class against a weakened Tigers team at Welford Road.

6 Black – an indifferent afternoon at the scrum for the loosehead prop as Worcester were pinged on a few occasions. His replacement Waller also found life difficult.

6 Singleton – it may still be a little bit of rustiness creeping in but there were far too many wayward throws from the hooker as Worcester struggled in the set-piece.

7 Schonert – back in the side after training with England the tighthead prop refused hold back in the tackle but did not get it all his own way in the scrum.

7 Bresler – put in several monster hits, made some good carries and did well to disrupt Tigers’ lineout but was sin-binned for a no-arms tackle.

7 Barry – made a strong start as Warriors came bursting out of the traps but poor discipline from his side eventually resulted in him seeing yellow.

8 Hill – returning to Welford Road where he hit the headlines with a brace in September the flanker went over again, produced a fine pass for Heem’s second try and tackled tirelessly throughout.

8 Lewis – demonstrated his brilliance at the breakdown as his turnover inside his team’s 22 led to a stunning length-of-the-field try from Warriors.

8 Van Velze – another performer for Worcester as he helped launch the attack that saw Hougaard cross before setting up Heem for the visitors’ second breakaway score.

Replacements: Olivier 6 (Lawrence 44), Annett 6 (Singleton 53), Milasinovich 6 (Schonert 53), Waller 6 (Black 53), Cox 6 (Lewis 60), Kitchener 6 (van Velze 61), Heaney (Hougaard 67), Weir (Shillcock 67).

Referee: H Smales.

Attendance: 17, 815.

Leicester: Worth; Holmes, Smith (Ford 30), Owen (Forsyth 70), Olowofela; Hardwick, Harrison (white 66); Gigena (Ma’afu 63), Kerr (Polota-Nau 63), Heyes, Spencer (Lewis 58), Kitchener, Mapapalangi, Evans (Reffell 43), Tuilagi (Fe’ao 59).


0-5: Hill try, 2mins.

0-7: Weir conv, 3mins.

0-12: Weir try, 6mins.

0-14: Weir conv, 7mins.

0-19: Hougaard try, 15mins.

0-24: Heem try, 28mins.

0-26: Weir conv, 29mins.

Half-time: Leicester Tigers 0-26 Worcester Warriors.

5-26: Owen try, 58mins.

5-31: Heem try, 62mins.

10-31: Reffell try, 66mins.

12-31: Hardwick conv, 67mins.

Full-time: Leicester Tigers 12-31 Worcester Warriors.