Hogg praises young guns after nine-try thriller

Carl Hogg praised Warriors after they cruised to a nine-try victory over Nottingham on Saturday but still insists there are improvements to be made.

The Warriors side – which had an average of just 24 – dominated proceedings at Sixways and swept to a 55-16 victory courtesy of a Tom Biggs hat-trick, a Max Stelling brace, a penalty try and scores from Jonny Arr, Val Rapava Ruskin and Sam Smith.

And, according to Hogg, it was a productive afternoon for the home side.

He said: “We had some young players out there and that’s always been the aim this year – to introduce young players and see if they can grow.

“It’s good to get a result and 55 points is a good outcome. But we’re still frustrated as we’ve talked about driving our standards and in the first-half we didn’t operate as accurately as we could have.

“It’s about finding the balance between expressing ourselves and playing with the right structure and that’s the challenge for us going forward.”

Biggs and Smith both scored their first competitive tries in front of the Sixways crowd and Hogg was pleased they were able to get more involved in proceedings.

He continued: “It’s good to see guys like Tom, Sam and Ben Howard on the ball. We’ve got a lot of pace and power out there so it’s just a case of creating opportunities to give them a chance in the game.

“If we want to get better week on week we have to challenge ourselves to make better decisions, get better execution and be more clinical in the game.

“Rotherham will be another really tough challenge next week. We’re set for a tough game up there on a narrow pitch and it’s a challenge we have to overcome.

“Like we talked about earlier in the week, it’s about finding ways to win games of rugby and it’s not always the same formula every week.”