A SENSATIONAL first-half showing saw Worcester Warriors do the double over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and make it five wins from five in all competitions.

Tries from Duncan Weir, Ted Hill, Francois Hougaard and Bryce Heem gave Warriors an insurmountable 26-0 lead at half-time.

Tigers responded as Gareth Owen and Tommy Reffell went over but Heem’s 62nd minute score secured Worcester a second successive maximum point triumph in the Premiership Cup.

Sports reporter Geoff Berkeley picked out six talking points from the away triumph.

Warriors are becoming Tigers’ 'bogey' team….

Prior to last season Worcester had never beaten Tigers at Welford Road.

Fast forward 12 months and the Sixways side have won on their past three visits to Leicester.

Like September’s clash when Worcester triumphed 44-37 all the hard work was done in an outstanding opening 40 minutes.

Hill and Weir who bagged braces in Worcester’s previous meeting with Tigers were at it again as they struck inside the opening six minutes.

Hougaard and Heem then finished off stunning moves before the latter touched down in the second period to wrap up the victory.

Back-line on fire with two worldies….

Two of Warriors’ five scores will live long in the travelling fans’ memories and may well be battling it out for the try of the season gong.

The first of the worldies came on the 15th minute when Gerrit-Jan van Velze won the ball inside Worcester’s own five metre-line before offloading to Heem.

Francois Venter and Chris Pennell then exchanged passes before Hougaard sped away and dived over the try-line.

Thirteen minutes later and Warriors pulled off another stunning team try.

After Sam Lewis secured a turnover deep inside their own half, the ball went through the hands of Perry Humphreys, Pennell and van Velze before Heem eased over the whitewash.

Springbok pushing case for 12 spot….

While Ryan Mills, a nominee for the Premiership’s player of the month award, has been nursing an ankle issue Venter has been tearing it up in the number 12 shirt.

After his man-of-the-match performance in Warriors’ 35-3 victory over Sale Sharks last weekend, Venter produced another stellar display.

The Springbok played a part in Worcester’s two phenomenal length-of-the-field tries in the first half and proved hard to stop all afternoon.

Since arriving at Sixways Venter has played most of his rugby at 13 but maybe inside centre is where he is most effective.

Wing comes back to haunt Tigers....

Worcester to Leicester has become a well-trodden path with several Warriors players making the move to their Midlands rivals over the years.

Tigers forwards Graham Kitchener, Will Spencer and Mike Williams all faced their former club on Saturday.

But it was Humphreys who swapped Welford Road for Sixways in 2014 that starred against his ex-employers.

The 24-year-old wing’s sheer tenacity in defence and link-up play in attack were among the highlights of Worcester’s five-try showing.

Second-half discipline must improve….

For the third game in a row Warriors failed to kick on after opening up a big lead at half-time and a heavy penalty count was a contributing factor again.

Last week Worcester’s poor discipline resulted in Gareth Milasinovich and Matt Cox seeing yellow against Sale Sharks.

This week Anton Bresler and Darren Barry were sent to the sin-bin leaving Alan Solomons’ men down to 13 men at one stage.

Worcester did well to stop Leicester taking advantage of this but they must work on this before heading back into Premiership action in a couple of weeks.

Sitting pretty at the summit….

Not only are Worcester in a good position to progress in the Premiership Shield and European Challenge Cup but they are also looking strong in the Premiership Cup.

Back-to-back wins over Sale and Tigers have placed Warriors at the top of Pool Two, four points clear of Saracens who they visit next Sunday (3pm).