As big a relief as Saturday's first Premiership win of the season was, Thinus Delport has warned his Worcester team-mates they are not yet out of trouble at the bottom of the table.

The veteran full back, who played most of the 25-5 victory with a dead leg, says the Sixways battlers have already set a precedent for Great Escapes and must, therefore, be aware that Leeds Carnegie could do the same.

The former Springbok has backed Stuart Lancaster's men to put their early season struggles behind them and pick off some of the competition's bigger clubs during the upcoming Six Nations period - much as Warriors have done in recent years.

He also concedes there is much work to be done if Worcester are to get out of the mess in which they currently find themselves.

"The second-bottom position is always going to be one that's under pressure," Delport conceded.

"As soon as we can move away from there or get a reasonable points margin between us and Leeds then we can talk about it but it's too early to say that.

"This time last year everyone was talking about us going down. We had a nine-point deficit between us and Northampton and we were able to turn it around.

"We have been there, we have done it, we

know it is achievable so there is no way our relegation fears are over, it's always going to in the back or our minds until we really get a big margin."

Although next weekend is free Leeds must visit Sale and Leicester - both of whom will be devastated by call ups, and play host to Bath and Bristol during the international period and could well edge back towards safety.

"Anything can happen," Delport continued. "They might turn over a couple of big sides at home, which they probably will.

"I see them winning again this season. It's a tough place to play and with the Six Nations coming up teams are going to miss a

lot of their star players, Leeds just need to get a sniff and then they go.

"They beat us when we went up there. We made a couple of mistakes and they were a really energetic side that pounced on those mistakes. They are definitely going to have a few more victories up at their place."

But Delport also knows Worcester have turned something of a corner. There is more balance to their game than at any stage under Mike Ruddock and while they too must play the Tigers and Sharks, they also have relatively inviting appointments with London Irish and Harlequins.

There is also the fact they have secured that all important first win. "It is a great relief," he said.

"The win has been coming for quite a while, we had a very good game up at Newcastle and were unfortunate not to come away with the result.

"We were able to consolidate and go forward in the following weeks against Montauban away and Bucuresti at home and thankfully we were able to keep that momentum going into the Bristol game.

"What we did well in the second half was play in their territory and then put them under pressure with some great defence.

"We really frustrated them and didn't let them get their game on - they are a side that thrives on go forward ball but we were able to stop them getting that momentum."