Deadly finisher Miles Benjamin will hope to mark his 100th appearance for Worcester with promotion to the Aviva Premiership.
Benjamin’s tries – 25 in 29 appearances this season – have helped Worcester get to within 80 minutes of an immediate return to top-flight rugby.
His most recent score came in the fifth minute of the first leg of the RFU Championship play-off final against Cornish Pirates to settle any nerves the Warriors might have had going into last week’s tricky away tie.
Worcester went on to win 12-21, with Andy Goode supplying the rest of their points, and the nine-point advantage they take into Wednesday’s return leg sees them installed as favourites to take the title.
Warriors are well acquainted with Pirates, having already met the Cornishmen four times this season, and they lead the way in the head to head stats with three wins to the Pirates’ one.
However the Pirates’ sole success came on enemy territory at the end of October when Chris Stirling’s men came away from the West Midlands with a 21-23 win. Prolific points machine Rob Cook landed the match-winning penalty four minutes into stoppage time on that occasion to hand the Pirates their first away win in the league for 10 months.
Cook fell short of his own high standards when missing two attempts at goal last week, and he will need to be back to his best in the goal kicking stakes if Pirates are to overhaul the deficit from the first leg.
RFU Championship final
Worcester Warriors vs. Cornish Pirates, Sixways Stadium, Wednesday May 18, 1945 (live on Sky Sports HD)