Rees has mixed emotions after "special moment"

Warriors prop Joe Rees had mixed emotions after today’s 48-18 loss to Saracens at Twickenham.

The tighthead came off the bench to score a mesmerising try late on as he bulldozed his way over the line despite four men trying to haul the Welshman down. 

And he admitted it was a special moment for him as he got Warriors’ first try of the day. 

He said: “It doesn’t happen too often for us props! But it was a great experience to get my first try for the Club and on the big stage of Twickenham. 

“Bryce Heem put me in a nice little gap, I just got just got my head down and pumped my legs! It was a special feeling.”

Warriors were in the game at half-time thanks to two Tom Heathcote penalties and could’ve been in a better position had they made some territory count in the first period. 

But Rees admitted a clinical Saracens were just too good in the second-half.

He explained: “It was an exciting day for us but we knew it was going to be tough.

“They executed everything really well under pressure and when it mattered. That’s something for us to learn from today. 

“They were just so clinical with ball in hand, they kicked well and put us under pressure.”

There was a positive late flurry for Warriors thanks to Rees’ score and GJ van Velze’s touchdown at the death, and the prop insists it showed the character of the side, while paying tribute to new boy Heem.

He added: “It showed the character of the boys at the end. We could have crumbled but we showed we can play some good rugby.

“Bryce is an exceptional player and he showed that today. He has such good feet and he’s so big and strong. 

“Next week is a big game against Leicester and hopefully we can continue our good home form and get a result.”