JOSH Adams celebrated his first hat-trick for Worcester Warriors but revealed it was “touch and go” over whether he would play.

The Wales international wing notched a second-half treble in Warriors’ 39-17 victory over Sale Sharks at Sixways last Saturday.

But there were doubts Adams would be able to feature in the Gallagher Premiership clash after suffering a blow to his right leg in the defeat at Wasps seven days earlier.

The 23-year-old wore heavy strapping but praised for Warriors’ medical team for giving him a “normal leg” as he played the full 80 minutes.

“I took a bit of a bang in the 35th minute,” said Adams on his injury at Wasps.

“I was struggling for five minutes and I thought let’s just get into the sheds (at half-time) and have a look at it.

“I had it taped up for the second half, but it wasn’t easing off so it was one of those things where if you are a winger and you can’t sprint you are pretty useless so it was better to come off and let someone fresh and able to come on instead of me.

“Obviously dead legs vary as you can just have a little one or you can take a nasty knock and I did (the latter).

“It was quite sore on the Sunday and Monday and was getting a lot of treatment and icing. It was touch and go.

“The medical staff have been really good. They have managed me well and they have looked after me.

“To be fair apart from the strapping it felt like a normal leg.”

Adams finished off two flowing handling moves before getting on the end of Michael Heaney’s grubber kick to complete his hat-trick late on.

“It’s always nice to score a hat-trick – it was my first one for Worcester and it was extra nice on an occasion like that,” Adams said.

“But that’s credit to the boys.

“They linked up really well and our offloading game really put Sale under pressure.

“Luckily enough it all came down the left-hand side and I was there to dot the ball down.”

Adams will leave Warriors at the end of the season to join Cardiff Blues but is determined to help steer them clear of relegation trouble.

Worcester are one place and seven points clear of bottom club Newcastle Falcons with three games left.

“I would class Warriors as my first club,” Adams added.

“They have been fantastic for me. It will be tough to leave but that’s something I had to do.

“Without Worcester I would not have achieved what I have achieved to date.

“I have said before that I want to leave this place in a better spot than what I joined it in and I am fully committed to making sure that we stay in the Premiership.”