Player of the Season: Duh, Chris Pennell. What a beacon of outstanding brilliance Pennell has been this season.
He led the league in carries and yards and was second only to Josh Drauniniu in defenders beaten.
Pennell played every minute of every Premiership game and was not only a defensive rock but as the pitches became more firm towards the end of the season, he scored five tries in the final seven games. When he started kicking he was almost a one-man team.
Off the pitch his decision to re-sign for Worcester in December, when they hadn’t won a league match and things were looking desperately bleak, was a huge vote of confidence in Dean Ryan’s regime.
Young player of the season: Mike Williams has been an absolute revelation.
Just 22-years-old when he arrived from South Africa Williams was given a baptism of fire when he was thrown in against Leicester Tigers on the opening day.
He responded with a jaw-droppingly physical performance that was only interrupted when he was sin-binned for a shoulder charge on Ryan Lamb.
After out-playing every other lock in the squad, until Mariano Galarza arrived, he was moved to the back row where his presence coincided with Worcester’s upturn.
“I didn’t come here expecting to start. There were a couple of big names ahead of me who had played last year. I viewed it as a long term thing,” he said.
Twenty-five appearances later and Williams certainly is a long term thing. Also wins the Slazenger Tennis Ball Award for fuzziest hair.
Highlight: Not too many to chose from. Chris Pennell re-signing, Josh Drauniniu’s match winner at Newcastle, Agustin Creevy’s increasingly influential excellence, but I’d go for last Saturday’s win over Gloucester.
While the result was meaningless it’s always nice to prevail in a local derby.
The sight and sound of a nearly-full Sixways bouncing along with a passionate display from their team was a throwback to John Brain’s days and a sign that Ryan’s Revolution is taking the club in the right direction.
Lowlight: Too many to chose from. London Irish at home and especially away, Wasps at home, which made relegation more likely than not. I’d plump for the double header with Biarritz.
The Top 14 outfit are a shadow of the side that reached the Heineken Cup final a few years ago and their Amlin Challenge Cup clashes brought together the worst sides in England and France.
Worcester should have won the first at home, leading 15-14 with only two minutes left when Tanguy Molcard was permitted to amble over.
A week later, Warriors were 25-15 up after 55 minutes and playing their best rugby of the season. They imploded and lost 33-25.
Try of the season: Worcester left the best until last but Josh Drauniniu’s score on the final day against Gloucester was reminiscent of one of the most famous tries in club history.
Many Warriors fans will remember Kai Horstmann’s Premiership Try of the Season against Sale in 2008 and all the elements were there last Saturday.
Chris Pennell made the break from defence, the ball was quickly recycled on halfway and Ryan Lamb arrowed the pin-point cross-field kick which Drauniniu claimed, stood up his man and piled over. Class.
The Neil Armstrong Award for Reclusiveness: Euan Murray. Despite being Worcester’s marquee player and chief wood chopper the Scotland international has knocked back every interview request I’ve made.
Perhaps a year out of the glare of publicity in the Championship will tempt Murray to end his omertà, though now I’ve written this, even if he does it won’t be with me.
Interview of the Season: Ofa Fainga’anuku and Semisi Taulava are endlessly generous with their time, as is Pennell, but for sheer openness and passion Carl Hogg takes some beating.
The forwards coach barely concealed his bemusement at the attitude of some players.
“The game is about character, you have got to have a certain character to play week in, week out and that’s something we have looked to recruit on – people with really good virtues and values.” Ouch
Quote of the Season: I should prefix this with the rider that Dean Ryan has been more than obliging with his time during weekly press conferences.
However, his post-Exeter chiding of the Worcester News was – and remains – a stock phrase among the press pack. “To be talking about relegation, especially from a local paper, I think is pretty poor.”
The Michael Jackson Statue White Elephant Award: Charles Cameron’s Warriors War Cry. Painful. Nothing more needs to be said.