Worcester 44 Amatori Catania 8
It's not often Worcester score six tries and if Saturday's canter over Catania is anything to go by, doing so doesn't necessarily guarantee automatic approbation.
His side might have just earned a try bonus, for only the second time in all competitions this season, yet director of rugby John Brain was rather equivocal in his assessment of his team's performance.
They had, he said, garnered plenty of possession - as Worcester do when they're on song - but they had not, he added, used it to maximum benefit. His point was more than fair.
Worcester were head, shoulders, torso and thighs above their Sicilian guests, a fact proved by the enormous amount of quality ball they were able to harvest against game but limited opponents.
And, to be fair, they found a way past their opponents on half-a-dozen occasions but it could easily have been double figures.
Three first-half scores, from Dale Rasmussen, Jonny Tuamoheloa and Drew Hickey, were complemented by three more after the break from Mark Tucker, Jonny Hylton and Andy Gomarsall. Yet it should have been so many more.
"We would expect to win that game and by a good margin, too," Brain said. "We have done that, but there is room for improvement in our performance - we'll have to be better in Montpellier and Bristol," he said in reference to Worcester's next two fixtures.
Though the reasons differ, both games are significant. Worcester need to get something in France next week if it is not be their last match in this season's competition.
If they lose, in all likeli-hood they are out of the competition with five pool winners and the three best runners-up to qualify for the last eight.
Their rivals are the men from the Memorial Ground, who will expect to beat Narbonne at home and last year's nemesis Brive who, in all probability, will not allow themselves to be beaten on home turf by Newcastle. Do that and, in both cases, they go through.
That means the outcome of the pool three meeting at Kingsholm between Gloucester and Bayonne could be crucial. If Bayonne leave empty-handed, they remain on 20 points meaning Worcester need a draw or two bonus points to edge through.
If they are level on points, the Top 14 club make the knock-out stages by virtue of tries scored - 28 so far, to Worcester's 19.
It has been their Achilles heel so far. There are very few teams better at getting hold of the ball but, as Brain admits, what they do with it needs developing.
"The thing we need to look at is the way we use possession and turn it into points," he said. "There are issues around the whole team. We have to make sure we get our delivery right from the set-piece - it all stems from there."
That points towards the half-backs. Andy Gomarsall and Shane Drahm were reunited in midfield for the first time since November and, on occasions, they looked a touch rusty.
When he had the ball, Drahm's running, passing and decision-making were as cute as ever. He was directly responsible for three of the home scores, delivering the decisive kick or pass to Hickey, Hylton and Tucker. His place-kicking was strong, too, with six successes from eight attempts.
Gomarsall did nothing to be ashamed of, though his passing from rucks was not as accurate as it can be, especially in the first half.
Nevertheless, he grew in confidence and invited his forwards to support his sniping as the game went on and deserved his late try for a delicious dummy. He is too good a player not to flourish behind the Worcester pack.
Which means possession from second phase was either too sluggish, a runner went inside when outside was better or a vital catch was not made. Hylton was the most conspicuous, but by no means only, offender.
Perhaps most worrying for Brain was a knee injury to full-back Thinus Delport. The South African was twisted by an assailant when trying to protect Hylton on the ground and let out a yelp of pain.
Everyone will be conscious of the fact that Delport's Gloucester career was effectively ended by torn knee ligaments. We all wait anxiously for further news. ..SUPL: