WORCESTER Warriors' Welsh centre Ashley Beck has praised the likes of youngsters Gareth Simpson and Fin Smith for the role they have played in helping the team turn a corner in recent weeks.

Warriors have lost just one of their last four and ended a 14-month losing streak away from home last weekend with the 24-24 draw at Newcastle.

18-year-old fly-half Smith has been given plenty of game time lately and it was his touchline conversion in the dying minutes last weekend that sealed the draw for Worcester.

"Fair play to Fin, his kicking was excellent all game," said Beck.

"In really difficult conditions as well but you only have to look at how the likes of Gareth and Fin lead us around the field last weekend to know what quality they have.

"We have a lot of young boys who don't give a monkeys what's going on in the background, they just want to get out on the field and play rugby.

"And that's the good thing about the younger guys, they push you to be better."

Warriors will be looking to build on that encouraging performance and result last Saturday when they welcome Wasps to Sixways this weekend.

Worcester have won their last two at home - vs Sale in the Premiership and Bristol Bears in the Premiership Cup - and Beck believes the team's confidence is growing after a challenging start to the 2021/22 campaign.

"It's great to get back at home," he said.

"The last game was good result against Bristol and the aim is to back that up after the good result last week at Newcastle.

"But every game is a big game. Wasps are an attacking unit, good on the counter and a really good jackalling team so we have to be hot on that, take their threats away.

"Everyone likes to play with ball in hand and we want to show that again this week and show what we can do.

"We went through a real difficult patch together as a group but then we came out of it in that Sale game.

"To then deal with everything that happened last week (match postponement) we came out with a positive result.

"There's a really good morale right now."