WORCESTER Cavaliers could be handed maximum points after Leicester Tigers’ late cancellation of their Premiership Shield fixture.

Tigers were due to arrive to Sixways to take on Warriors’ second-string side on Sunday, December 23.

But Worcester were informed by Leicester on the morning of the game that they would not be travelling due to a combination of illness and late notice withdrawals.

It left Warriors to refund supporters and both clubs are now awaiting a ruling from Premiership Rugby.

A decision is set to be made this week with rugby chiefs understood to be weighing up whether to rearrange the fixture or give Cavaliers the victory.

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “We haven’t heard anything yet but that (decision) rests within the hands of Premiership Rugby and that’s it.”

After a strong start to their campaign Cavaliers were thrashed 50-7 by Northampton Wanderers at Franklin’s Gardens and lost 31-10 to Sale Jets at Heywood Road over the festive period.

“It is always tough (at this time of year to field sides) but it is the same for most clubs,” Solomons said.

“We have just got to get on with it, pick our teams, get the guys out there and get them playing.

“It’s not always that simple but this is a chance for lads to play.”