Hogg chuffed with Mills performance

Date published: January 2 2017

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg has praised fly-half Ryan Mills in the wake of their 24-17 win over Harlequins in the Premiership.

It was only Worcester's second victory of the season and they now head for a big derby game when they travel to Gloucester this weekend.

The victory was an important one for the Warriors, especially after Bristol also won at Sale Sharks. Warriors remain two points clear of Bristol but are only five adrift of Sale in the battle to avoid relegation to the Championship.

"Ryan steered us around really well and put us in the right areas of the field to put some pressure on Harlequins," Hogg said.

"Sometimes the game is very simple when you keep the ball in front of the forwards and you apply pressure. It energises the group and we were able to hold that energy for 80 minutes."

"We have got a number of 10s who are unavailable and lost Jamie against Bristol but I have known Ryan for a long time," Hogg added.

"I have known him since he was a young man at Gloucester. I know the talent and pedigree Ryan’s got. He is a deep thinker of the game, knows strategically what we wanted to do and he managed the game superbly.

"Ryan is a heck of a rugby player with huge ability and talent in being able to move us around the field. He has played our shape for a number of years and in the past with me at Gloucester."

The Warriors boss was also pleased with the performance of Ben Te’o who had questioned the direction of the Sixways club in a national report.

"Ben was great," said Hogg.

"He’s a really good player. It wasn’t a free-flowing game of rugby but you saw somebody who is committed to the club."