8 HEWARD – an exceptional first senior outing for the teenager who handled well under the high ball, made some big hits and marked his debut with a try. My man of the match.

6 Pennell – suffered a blow to the head when Wainwright crashed over and the Warriors star had to be replaced by Simpson who slotted in well.

8 Lawrence – got more involved as the match wore on as he crossed for a second-half try before producing a superb break and then assist for Kitto’s score.

7 Mills – smashed over from close range for Warriors’ opening try and caused Dragons problems but his tendency to offload out of a tackle did not always pay off.

6 David – won a couple of aerial duals but struggled to make an impact in attack as Dragons put in a resilient defensive shift when down to 14 men.

7 Shillcock – landed all six of his kicks including a long-range penalty to get Warriors off the mark but made the odd sloppy mistake that created a lack of fluidity.

7 Heaney – kicked solidly and tried to get Warriors on the front foot with some sniping runs but was unable to make things click in attack with his deliveries.

6 Bower – an emotional day for the prop who made his 100th appearance but got on with the job at hand and was steady at scrum time.

7 Moulds – looks a dynamic hooker as he made a few surging runs and aside from one misplaced throw he hit his targets at the lineout.

6 Carey – popped up in attack with some tidy passing but did not always get his way in the scrum as loosehead Harris tried to turn the screw.

7 Kitchener – had a busy day in the lineout but it operated well and he even chipped in with a steal while also proving a hard nut to crack in defence.

6 Clegg – got stuck in from the first minute with a couple of early carries and continued to contribute with strong work in the set-piece and in defence.

7 Dodd – another solid showing from the back-rower who looks a different animal this season as he often got beyond the gain line with powerful surges.

6 Cox – put in a robust defensive display as his thumping hit forced Davies to spill the ball late on and made the odd carry into Dragons’ half.

7 van Velze – a mixed afternoon for the number eight whose clean break sent Warriors on their way before Lawrence’s score but then spilled the restart.

Replacements: Simpson 7 (Pennell 13), Palframan 6 (Carey 58), Owen 6 (Bower 66), Miller 6 (Moulds 66), Scott 6 (Kitchener 69), Heaney (Kitto 71), Monks (Dodd 74), Morris (Simpson 76).

Referee: M Mitrea.

Attendance: 6,889.

Dragons: Talbot-Davies: Jenkins, Morgan, T Griffiths (Warren 6), Hewitt; S Davies, R Williams (c) (Baldwin 73); Harris (Reynolds 73), Hibbard (Dee 59), Brown (Jarvis 59), J Davies (M Williams 73), Screech, Wainwright, O Griffiths (Taylor 71), Basham.

Not used: Botica.


3-0: Shillcock penalty, 7mins.

3-5: Wainwright try, 13mins.

3-7: Davies conv, 14mins.

RED: Basham (Dragons), 18mins.

8-7: Mills try, 23mins.

10-7: Shillcock conv, 24mins.

10-10: Davies penalty, 33mins.

13-10: Shillcock penalty, 38mins.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 13-10 Dragons.

13-15: Williams try, 46mins.

13-18: Davies penalty, 50mins, 18-18; Lawrence try, 56mins.

20-18: Shillcock conv, 57mins.

20-21: Davies penalty, 58mins.

25-21: Heward try, 65mins.

27-21: Shillcock conv, 66mins.

32-21: Kitto try, 73mins.

34-21: Shillcock conv, 74mins.

34-26: Baldwin try, 76mins.

38-28: Davies conv, 77mins.

Full-time: Worcester Warriors 34-28 Dragons.