7 Howard – back after his spell with England sevens, the full-back was full of running, picking some good lines to launch attacks and set up Howe’ second try.

8 Howe – took his chances superbly as he bagged a brace and was a constant threat down the left wing using his pace to great effect.

7 Hammond – does not look as comfortable in midfield but linked up nicely with Stelling and was willing to do the ugly stuff as well as he tackled hard throughout.

8 Stelling – a real bright spark for Warriors as he distributed well, assisting for Howe’s opener, and asked Oyonnax plenty of questions.

7 Humphreys – did not get a try on his return to the side but was a dangerous runner and made some important tackles as he denied Taieb at the death.

7 Olver – after a sloppy start the fly-half soon sharpened up his act, producing pin-point kicks and got back brilliantly to thwart Ruiz who burst through.

6 Dowsett – struggled to make an impression during his 55-minute stint while his replacement Baldwin injected energy into the side and scored late on.

8 Bower – appeared to relish the role as captain as he stepped up his game in all departments, making a notable break midway through the first half.

6 Taufete’e – failed to find his target at the line-out on a couple of occasions but showed a lot of desire as he made a strong contribution in the loose 7 Milasinovich – gave another decent account of himself as he held firm in the scrum which had the upper hand over the visitors.

7 Phillips – smashed away at Oyonnax’s defence in an abrasive showing from the lock but as chief lineout caller the set piece did not go to plan at times.

6 Barry – got another 80 minutes under his belt for Warriors and had a decent afternoon although he made some mistakes.

6 Taylor – battled hard against a physical French outfit but was not able to inflict the same damage to Oyonnax’s defence as his fellow forwards.

7 Durutalo – getting better with every minute he plays for Warriors as he carried strongly to keep the away side pinned back.

8 DENTON – gained many metres for his side and used all his strength and determination to cap off a superb all-round display with a late try. My man of the match.

Replacements: Baldwin 7 (Dowsett, 55), Kerrod 6 (Milasinovich 55), Haupt 6 (Taufete’e 61), Williams (Taylor 69), Pennell (Hammond 77). Not used: Alo, Fa’osiliva, Shillcock.

Oyonnax: Tian (Fucina 61); Muller, Lasmarrigues, Veau, Giresse; Ruiz (Seuteni 65), Hall (Audy 65); Vartanov (Buys 66), Elliot (Geledan 40), Mirtskhulava (Laclayat 61), Kerry, Njewel (Fabbri 61), Barba, Taieb, Fa'asavalu (Leindekar Virginio 45).

Referee: Frank Murphy.

Attendance: 6,520.


0-5: Elliot try, 4mins.

0-8: Ruiz penalty, 14mins.

3-8: Olver penalty, 24mins.

6-8: Olver penalty, 26mins.

6-11: Ruiz penalty, 29mins.

11-11: Howe try, 34mins.

13-11: Olver converts, 35mins.

Half-time: Worcester Warriors 13-11 Oyonnax.

13-14: Ruiz penalty, 44mins.

16-14: Olver penalty, 52mins.

21-14: Howe try, 60mins.

26-14: Baldwin try, 69mins.

28-14: Olver converts, 70mins.

33-14: Denton try, 76mins.

35-14: Olver converts, 77mins.

Full-time: Worcester Warriors 35-14 Oyonnax.