TIGHTHEAD prop Nick Schonert is confident “outstanding” young hooker Beck Cutting will bounce back after his misfiring debut.

Cutting failed to find his target at the lineout on several occasions last Friday as Warriors were edged out 24-21 by Sale Sharks in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

But Schonert was quick to defend his front row colleague, insisting the 19-year-old’s inaccurate throwing was not the only reason for Worcester's faltering set-piece.

“Beck is an outstanding hooker and has so much potential,” Cutting said.

“I really rate him and just because he may have missed a few lineouts doesn’t make him a bad hooker.

“I think his success rate in the week was 98 per cent and unfortunately he came in on the Tuesday and was expected to play the full 80 minutes on the Friday.

“It was a big ask for him and I think he did really well.

“It is not only the hooker’s fault because sometimes we might not have the right drill, we might have poor lifts or we might be slightly off with our timings.

“There are lots of aspects that make up a good lineout.”

Cutting, who took up the game at Kidderminster Carolians when he was eight years old, demonstrated his potential when he helped guide Bromsgrove School to NatWest Schools Cup glory at Twickenham in 2015 and 2016.

The teenager has also represented England at under 16s, under 17s and under 18s and will hope to get another chance to prove himself when Warriors travel to Harlequins on Sunday (3pm).

“It is hard as a youngster as you always want to go out there and do well,” Schonert added.

“As a tighthead the only way you learn is by going backwards.

“When you are getting linked out by a loosehead in a scrum you have got to learn next weekend.

“I can guarantee you that Beck is the kind of player that if he had to play the game (against Sale again) he would get 100 per cent.

“He must not take any down-hearted feelings from the game.

“The nice thing about being at a Premiership club is that there is another week to play and work on your game, so if anything Friday’s match was brilliant as he now knows what he needs to fix.”