6 Pennell – made a few dashes and was involved in the build-up to Humphreys’ try but squandered a great scoring chance for Warriors in the second half.

7 Humphreys – bounced back from a sorry showing last week with a try-scoring display as he picked a great line to benefit from du Preez’s neat pass.

6 Beck – returning to the side, the centre played with purpose when he did get hold of the ball but also made a couple of handling errors.

6 Mills – was robust in defence and assisted Hill’s try but was guilty of forcing it at times, notably throwing a risky, long-range pass out wide late on.

7 Nanai – a much improved performance from the wing who made some great runs and was strong defensively as he crunched number eight Thompson.

7 Weir – hit the upright and sent another kick out on the full but otherwise kicked superbly off the tee, especially from distance, and out of hand.

6 Hougaard – worked his socks off as usual but his delivery was not as accurate as normal and missed far too many tackles.

5 Black – held firm in defence but two early errors led to Tigers’ first points and another scrum penalty allowed Hardwick to add a further three.

7 Annett – put in a big shift defensively and carried well as he looked to get his hands on the ball as often as possible. He was solid at the lineout too.

6 Carey – made the odd mistake but crucially overpowered Bateman in the scrum with five minutes left and Weir converted the resultant penalty.

7 Bresler – may have chopped his locks but was still his usual full-throttle self as he clattered forward on a number of occasions to get Warriors on the front foot.

5 Kitchener – was penalised for not rolling away three times against his former club but did claim one lineout steal before being replaced by Fatialofa.

8 HILL – used all his power to smash his way over the try-line, put in thumping tackles and got a crucial lineout steal just before half-time. My man of the match.

6 Mama – was another effective carrier for Warriors but the captain-for-the-day put his side under pressure when giving away a series of penalties.

7 Du Preez – picked ahead of skipper van Velze, the number eight justified his place with a strong showing as he showed great awareness to assist Humphreys’ try.

Replacements: Fatialofa 6 (Kitchener 51), Waller 6 (Black 56), van Velze 6 (du Preez 63), Palframan (Carey 78). Not used: Kitto, Lance, Venter.

Referee: C Maxwell-Keys.

Attendance: 7,740.

Tigers: Worth; Thompstone (Olowofela 62), Viljoen, Hardwick, Holmes; Reid, White (Harrison 62); Bateman (Gigena 77), Youngs (Kerr 47), Heyes (Leatigaga 62), Spencer (Wells 69), Green, Liebenberg, Reffell, Thompson.

Not used: Coghlan, Forsyth.


0-3: Hardwick penalty, 3mins.

5-3: Hill try, 5mins.

5-8: Youngs try, 9mins.

5-10: Hardwick conv, 10mins.

10-10: Humphreys try, 27mins.

12-10: Weir conv, 28mins.

12-13: Hardwick penalty, 35mins.

15-13: Weir penalty, 38mins.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 15-13 Leicester Tigers.

15-16: Hardwick penalty, 48mins.

18-16: Weir penalty, 63mins.

21-16: Weir penalty, 75mins.

24-16: Weir penalty, 80mins.

Full-time: Worcester Warriors 24-16 Leicester Tigers.