DUNCAN Weir sent Sixways into rapture with a last-gasp penalty to down European champions and Gallagher Premiership heavyweights Saracens.

The Scotland fly-half was embraced by his Worcester Warriors team-mates after landing a match-winning penalty with the final kick of their season.

It completed another memorable fightback by Warriors who trailed Sarries by eight points with five minutes remaining.

The London club rested their star men with just two players retained from the team that defeated Leinster in last weekend’s European Champions Cup final.

However this bonus-point triumph will live long in the memory for Warriors’ fans as Michael Fatialofa, Chris Pennell, Ted Hill and Josh Adams crossed the whitewash.

It was also a brilliant way for Wynand Olivier to bow out from the game and Jonny Arr to end his long Warriors career.

Sports reporter Geoff Berkeley picks out five talking points.


What a signing Weir has proven to be for Warriors. For many years Worcester had struggled to find an accurate goal-kicker that could turn narrow defeats into victories.

But they have finally solved that problem in the shape of Weir who rarely missed from the tee and stayed fit while fellow fly-halves Jono Lance and Jamie Shillcock often found themselves in the treatment room.

All the pressure was on Weir when he lined up a kick, 35 metres out with no time left on the clock. But he held his nerve to spark jubilant scenes.

The 28-year-old racked up 179 points in the league this term courtesy of 40 conversions and 33 penalties, a record only bettered by Leicester Tigers’ George Ford who won the Golden Boot prize with 201 points.


When Weir knocked on in the dying seconds Warriors’ chance of victory appeared to have gone. All Sarries had to do was win the scrum and kick the ball out.

But Worcester’s pack had other ideas as front row trio Gareth Milasinovich, Jack Singleton and Callum Black turned the screw to secure a penalty and an opportunity for Weir to win it in added-time.

That final surge not only summed up Warriors’ never-say-die attitude but also the work done by scrummaging coach Mefin Davies.

While the lineout has creaked at times, especially at the start of the campaign, the scrum has held firm and even dominated.

Davies deserves huge credit for creating that solid platform as the ex-Wales hooker remains a key man in Alan Solomons’ coaching staff.


It was all set to be an emotional day and so it proved for Arr who ran out to a hero’s welcome at the start of the match.

The 30-year-old scrum-half then came off the bench for his 218th and final appearance for the club he joined 23 years ago.

Supporters – many wearing cardboard masks of Arr’s face – then rushed onto the pitch at the end to thank him for his services.

But while one legend’s Warriors career draws to a close another homegrown star shows no sign of slowing up.

Pennell may have turned 32 last month but he is still full of running as he brilliantly linked up with Adams for a try and his catching ability when under pressure against Sarries was magnificent.

The full-back also deserved an assist when he produced a stunning pass out wide to Gerrit-Jan van Velze but the number eight was forced into touch.


When Francois Venter pulled out due to a tight calf Worcester were left with just two fit centres in their first-team and senior academy squads combined.

Considering this was arguably the most hotly contested position at the start of the season the injury toll demonstrates the brutal nature of the sport.

But Warriors have hung tough this season as the departing Ben Te’o, 32, and retiring Olivier, 35, played the full 80 minutes.

Trailing 29-21 against second-placed Sarries a battered and bruised Worcester side could have thrown in the towel.

But they kept going until the death and their perseverance paid off in the most dramatic style.


Warriors’ maximum-point success saw them finish on 46 points – just one point off the club’s highest tally in the Premiership, achieved in 2006.

Solomons’ men who came 10th ahead of Leicester and relegated Newcastle Falcons also registered nine wins in a top-flight campaign for the time since the 2005-06 season.

Added to this, Worcester reached the knockout stages of the Premiership Cup and European Challenge Cup after topping their pools.

But when the players and coaches reflect on another season largely spent battling to avoid the drop there will still be a feeling of what might have been.