Comeback star Andy Short admitted it was good to be back as he grabbed a superb try double as Worcester Warriors crushed Bizkaia Gernika 85-5 in the Amlin Challenge Cup in Northern Spain.
Short has been out of action since fracturing his wrist playing against Gloucester in the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Sevens Series at Kingsholm in July.
But the wing marked his playing return with two well taken first half tries as Warriors cruised to a record-breaking win in Europe.
“It’s great to be back,” said Short. “It’s been a pretty tough few months but it’s nice to get back out playing. I was loving being out with the boys again.
“It’s always nerve wracking coming back in after injury, but once the whistle goes it is straight back into it. You don’t think about the injury, just get your head down and get back in.
“Nice to get a couple of tries – that settled me down quickly – but a little gutted I didn’t get a hat-trick. It would have been the fairy-tale return, but I can’t complain.
“We had a strict plan before coming into the game,” added Short. “Hilly wanted us to go back to basics and I think we nailed that in the first twenty minutes of the half. We stuck to the game plan and really performed.
“Rovigo will be a tougher test than this so we train hard next week and go again. We prepare properly and hopefully it will be another good fixture and another win in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
“Last season we were disappointed with how this cup went, we felt we could have done better in the group stages.
“We now have a really strong squad with fringe players coming in and making an impression and pushing for places.
“We all want to stake a claim and in these games we can do just that. We want another good performance next week against Rovigo and to stay top of the group.”
“Nice to get a couple of tries – that settled me down quickly – but a little gutted I didn’t get a hat-trick. It would have been the fairy-tale return, but I can’t complain…"