BEN Howard has bounced back from his personal anguish in the Aviva A-League final defeat against Saracens Storm at Sixways.

The versatile back had one of the most torrid nights of his Worcester career as he struggled to gather high balls in Cavaliers’ 27-19 defeat by higher-graded Storm in last month’s showpiece.

But the Bradford-born player has returned to top form and celebrated his 22nd birthday last weekend with a two-try display in the 58-3 rout against Nottingham.

Howard said: “Unfortunately, the A-League final was probably my worst game in quite a while.

“It was just one of those matches when things just did not go right for me.

“I don’t see high balls as a problem. It’s just important that I work on techniques after I make mistakes and then to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes twice.

“I have a tendency to let mistakes get to me a little bit when I am out on the field but that’s something I am working to overcome.

“I think it’s important that I recognise that it didn’t go to plan.

“It didn’t go well and it’s a shame it happened in such an important game.”

“It’s been good to get a few more chances to play and that’s what I have found this season. You get a chance to put things right.

“I think I did well in the British and Irish Cup match against Pontypridd and it’s good to get more Championship games under my belt.”

Howard has made 13 first team appearances this term and scored four tries as he’s switched between full-back and wing.

“Going away in the Championship is a bit different to going away in Premiership and I think we showed a good mental outlook at Nottingham,” he said.

“It was pleasing that we had the foot on their throat for the whole game and I think that showed with the scoreline.

“We have not really been paying too much attention to the league league table but it’s quite hard to ignore when you go top.

“We need to kick on and continue to develop as a group of players and, hopefully, that will stand us in good stead at the end of the season.”

Warriors will be aiming for a club record 21st successive victory at first team level in their Championship clash with Rotherham Titans today (12.35pm) which raises money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

“I am really excited about the game and it’s the Acorns charity game as well,” said Howard.

“We all have a big involvement in Acorns and it would be great to make the match a success.”