7 Pennell – was reliable under the high ball, even launching an attack off one fine catch and was a key figure in a fluent back-line until errors crept into his and Warriors’ game.

7 Heem – was a dangerous outlet for Worcester on the right wing as he broke through several tackles and never stopped believing, making a surge at the death.

7 Venter – teamed up well with Te’o in midfield as the duo punched holes in Sarries’ defence but was guilty of missing a few tackles as the hosts hit back.

8 Te’o – made an immediate impact as he thundered his way forward on numerous occasions and was quick to support Humphreys to touch down for an early try.

8 HUMPHREYS – made a couple of important tackles in the first half and his brilliant break and offload teed up Te’o for an easy score. My man of the match.

7 Weir – was on hand to score Warriors’ first try and weighed in with some big hits in defence but his failure to land a late penalty cost his side a point.

7 Hougaard – his quick-thinking released Weir for his try and was full of running in the opening period but lost his way in the second period with some poor kicks.

6 Black – was having a decent afternoon until the start of the second half when he was pinged at the scrum and then penalised for offside moments later.

7 Singleton – aside from an error in a scrum when he failed to hook the ball the hooker was in fine form, landing all six of his lineout throws.

8 Milasinovich – stepping in for the injured Schonert, the prop did an excellent job against England star Vunipola and was one of Worcester’s most effective ball-carriers.

7 Bresler – a pretty steady display from the lock who stood up against Sarries’ big men and formed a good partnership with Phillips in the second row.

8 Phillips – was another star performer as he ran the lineout superbly in the absence of Fatialofa and demonstrated his ball-carrying ability.

7 Hill – a solid, professional performance from the young flanker who gave Warriors go-forward when he got hold of the ball and did little wrong in defence.

7 Lewis – was not as influential in attack as he has been this season but was one of Worcester’s top-tacklers as Sarries upped the ante in the second 40 minutes.

7 van Velze – led by example as he secured several turnovers including a lineout steal and was picked up on the ref mic urging his players to believe as the clock ticked down.

Replacements: Taufete’e 6 (Singleton 58), Waller 6 (Black 56), Kerrod 7 (Milasinovich 58), Barry (Bresler 66), Cox (Hill 68), Arr (Hougaard 68). Not used: Lawrence, van Breda.

Attendance: 9,758.

Referee: K Dickson.

Saracens: Goode; Maitland, Topkins (Bosch 63), Lozowski, Lewington (Strettle 53); Farrell (C), Spencer (Whiteley 76); Vunipola (Barrington 70), George (Woolstencroft 76), Judge (Lamositele 55), Skelton (Burger 53), Kruis, Isiekwe (Day 63), Clark, Earl.


0-5: Weir try, 4mins.

0-7: Weir conv, 5mins.

0-12: Te'o try, 12mins.

0-14: Weir conv, 13mins.

3-14: Farrell penalty, 23mins.

8-14: Vunipola try, 30mins.

8-17: Weir penalty, 34mins.

11-17: Farrell penalty, 40mins.

Half-time: Saracens 11-17 Worcester Warriors.

16-17: Clark try, 52mins.

18-17: Farrell conv, 53mins.

23-17: Strettle try, 67mins.

25-17: Farrell conv, 68mins. 

Full-time: Saracens 25-17 Worcester Warriors.