HEAD coach Carl Hogg admitted he did not want to “rush” unused substitute Jamie Shillcock back into action in Worcester Warriors’ 35-14 win over Oyonnax.

The fly-half looked set to make his first appearance in almost two months in the European Challenge Cup last Saturday after undergoing knee surgery.

Shillcock was named on the bench but was not used by Hogg and he conceded he did not feel the need to bring the 20-year-old on.

Sam Olver was handed the number 10 jersey and impressed as he racked up 15 points from the kicking tee to help steer Warriors to victory.

But Hogg said he was keen to give Shillcock a chance to get minutes under his belt when Worcester visit Oyonnax on Friday (7pm GMT).

“Jamie had a floating bone fragment removed from this knee so it is going to take time for him to get reintegrated,” Hogg said.

“He has trained over the last couple of weeks and we thought it would be prudent for him to just sit tight on the bench.

“We were in a position where the game was won so we did not want to rush Jamie back so we will look to reintegrate him next weekend.”