JAMIE Shillcock looks set to win the tussle for the number 10 shirt for Worcester Warriors’ showdown with Connacht at Sixways on Saturday (3pm).

Sam Olver has started at fly-half in Warriors’ last two Aviva Premiership games after impressing in the European Challenge Cup.

But the 23-year-old had a tough day at the office in Worcester’s 46-25 thrashing by Bath last Friday – and his place has been coming under pressure by fit-again Shillcock.

The academy graduate has played 51 minutes of first-team rugby since recovering from knee surgery and head coach Carl Hogg admits he may be tempted to give the 20-year-old his chance to shine.

“Fly-half is one area we have got to look at,” Hogg said.

“We either give an opportunity to somebody like Jamie or keep Sam ticking along.

“Jamie needs games as he has had a couple of 40 minutes in A team rugby and has been out for a number of weeks.

“It’s difficult for a player to come in in a pivotal position and pick things up straight away.

“It’s a reintegration process and for him to be able to create a challenge. I thought Sam played pretty well over the last month.

“Friday night’s game was difficult for him because we were under pressure. But that’s a learning curve for Sam which I am sure he will take on board.”

Shillcock and Olver are the only proven fly-halves in Warriors’ squad with Tom Heathcote out until April with concussion and Jono Lance nursing a broken hand.

But Hogg admitted efforts to bring Jono Lance who is currently in Australia back to Sixways were “still ticking along”.