WORCESTER Warriors' director of rugby Alan Solomons said that it was "fantastic" to see the younger players take to the field in today's pre-season win over Northampton Saints.

Warriors ran in five tries in the 25-20 win over the Saints at Franklin's Gardens, which saw a mix of youth and experience feature across the four periods of 30 minutes.

The first-team members of the squad played in the first 60 minutes, whilst the final two quarters saw the remainder of the travelling party get some minutes.

Solomons expressed how impressed he was with the whole group.

"I thought the lads played well." he said.

"We managed to get five tries to their four, which was really good to see.

"The purpose of the exercise was to get everyone a hit out and both sides had the more senior players in the first 60 minutes but when what was fantastic for us was that all our academy players and young guys all got on and got good minutes.

"There are some great young players coming through there, all the lads acquitted themselves really really well. there are some good players and some players played out of position, i thought jono kitto was excellent tonight."

Warriors showed a clinical edge that has not always been seen and they took advantage of their chances when presented with them and Solomons was keen to point that out post-match.

"We made optimum use of what we got," he added.

"The penalty count wasn't great first 30 and we were starved of territory and possession but what we did get we made the most of."

Worcester begin their league campaign next week at home to London Irish, just eight weeks after the 19/20 season ended.

Despite just the one pre-season game, Solomons admits every club is in the same position when it comes to preparation.

"I think we are in the same boat as everyone else," Solomons said.

"It was great to get today, to come to Northampton and have this chance.

"Everybody had to have a three week break, then a three week lead into the season, so we can't ask for more, we've gotta get going next week."

During the game, Sam Lewis came off early but other than a few knocks, Solomons insisted the squad were in a healthy position.

"Sammy Lewis got a dead leg," he admitted.

"So it wasnt right, but we could see that and he tried to run it off but we took him off, wasn't worth the risk.

"Matti williams failed his HIA but for the rest of the squad we look okay.

"We want to get off to the best start next week, this was good prep for us and we're ready to go."