SCOTT van Breda was untouchable at Sixways as he spearheaded Worcester Cavaliers’ 75-21 thrashing of Wasps A.

Worcester ran in 11 tries - three coming from Samoa international Ed Fidow - on a sensational evening of free-flowing rugby.

Fidow may have bagged a hat-trick but van Breda was the star of the show as he tore Wasps to shreds and finished with 23 points.

Geoff Berkeley picks out five talking points from Cavaliers’ Premiership Shield victory.


If you love rugby, live locally and can spare some time on Monday nights, then get down to Sixways when Cavaliers are playing.

Based on their past two performances you are guaranteed plenty of tries and moments of brilliance to savour. And it will cost you just £5. Bargain.

It was like watching sevens at times as Cavaliers chose to run the ball from everywhere, often attacking from deep and throwing the ball around with confidence.

Kai Owen opened the floodgates with a try inside three minutes before two Fidow scores and tries for Jono Kitto, van Breda and Luke Scully put Worcester 40-7 in front at half-time.

And they refused to take their foot off the gas as Fidow completed his hat-trick before a powerful forward drive resulted in a penalty try.

There were also scores for Morgan Monks, Max Boxall and Gareth Simpson as Cavaliers were applauded off the field.


This was up there with one of the best solo performances I have witnessed since I started covering the club in 2011.

Van Breda was sensational from start to finish, launching wave after wave of attacks with lung-busting runs and clever kicks in behind.

The South African was also sharp defensively as he twice burst out of the line to intercept passes and weighed in with some massive tackles.

All of this and he was playing in an unfamiliar role. Van Breda’s ability to look just as comfortable at fly-half, centre or on the wing as he does at full-back – his preferred position – is incredible. He could probably do a job in the pack too!

His versatility can count against him as he has often struggled to make a shirt his own but on this form boss Alan Solomons cannot ignore him when it comes to Premiership selection.


When Fidow collected the ball on the right-hand side just outside the 22, the wing only had one thought and that was to go for the try-line.

A Wasps player stood in his way, but he just smashed through him like he was not there before powering home.

It wrapped up a superb hat-trick from Fidow who demonstrated his finishing skills to dot down for two scores in the first half.

He is fallible to the odd mistake as he somehow let the ball to slip through his hands with the try-line at his mercy in the opening stages.

But the Samoan’s sheer pace and power make him a real weapon with Warriors able to just kick balls in behind for him to chase.

Fidow came within a whisker of scoring a fourth on 66 minutes. After kicking ahead, the speedster came from several metres back to overtake Wasps’ last defender only for the ball to just bounce out before he reached it.


Returning to the side after a six-week injury lay-off, Marco Mama showed no signs of rustiness as he picked up from where he left off.

The forward’s troubled right leg was heavily strapped, but he did not hold back one bit as he took the game to Wasps with a series of powerful carries.

Alongside Matt Cox and Tom Dodd, the back-row trio got Cavaliers on the front foot and Mama showed his class with a fine offload for Fidow to finish.

Mama lasted 40 minutes as he blew off any cobwebs before watching the second half, but he did more than enough to push his case for first-team selection.

Like Mama, Cox and Andrew Kitchener have also had their issues but they looked back to their very best as they carried and tackled hard throughout.


It must have been a difficult watch for Wasps director of rugby Dai Young as his side were torn apart by van Breda and co.

Wasps named eight senior players in the starting line-up including Billy Searle, Rob Miller and Sam Wolstenholme. But they were blown away by Worcester.

Hooker Gabriel Oghre’s late withdrawal did not help matters while James Seabrook suffered an injury blow.

But Cavaliers showed no misery and scored a victory that will give fourth-placed Warriors a further lift ahead of Friday’s Premiership trip to Gloucester (7.45pm).

Wasps, meanwhile, were left to lick their wounds with this heavy loss adding to their woes as they sit third from bottom in the league and had their European Challenge Cup qualification hopes ended by Edinburgh at the weekend.