BOSS Alan Solomons explained why he did not make any changes to Worcester Warriors’ back division in the 24-16 victory over Leicester Tigers.

Fly-half Jono Lance, scrum-half Jono Kitto and fit-again centre Francois Venter were all unused on Saturday as Warriors got their Gallagher Premiership campaign off to a winning start at Sixways.

Solomons was pleased with the impact of the bench with props Ethan Waller and Richard Palframan, lock Michael Fatialofa and number eight Gerrit-Jan van Velze coming on in the second half.

But Solomons decided against bringing on his replacement backs in a tight content as Duncan Weir landed three penalties in the final 15 minutes to secure a season-opening triumph.

“Unfortunately the game was on a knife edge so that’s a decision that you make,” said Solomons on why he did not empty his bench.

“Everyone was completely enmeshed in the game so you have to give consideration as to whether you are going to make a change.

“When it comes to fatigue the players that come on in the forwards made a big difference. The backs are completely different.”

Venter, who has yet to feature this season due to a calf problem, was picked ahead of Ollie Lawrence after being given the all-clear to play.

“I wanted to get Francois involved,” Solomons said.

“Ollie has had two games but Francois has had no rugby.

“Although he didn’t get onto the field just preparing him for the game was good. At least he is part and parcel of the practices.”

Lance impressed in the Premiership Cup as he started in the 57-23 win over Tigers and the 34-19 defeat to Exeter Chiefs.

But Solomons opted to give the number 10 shirt to Weir whose accuracy from the tee helped guide Warriors to safety last term.

“Duncan and Jono are very good rugby players and Shilly (Jamie Shillcock) is too,” Solomons said.

“But Duncan’s boot is invaluable. He kicked well on Saturday.

“That’s not to say Jono isn’t a good goal-kicker as he is.

“But Duncan kicked particularly well for the club (last season) and has the first shot at it this year. He made a good fist of it.

“Duncan knows there is competition as Jono is working really hard on his kicking.”

Solomons confirmed the absence of Tom Howe, who scored a hat-trick against Exeter two weeks ago, was also a selection decision with Perry Humphreys and Melani Nanai named on the wings.

Howe will now be hoping to get the nod for Saturday’s clash with Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens (2pm).

“We have got selection headaches which I would rather have than not to be honest with you,” Solomons added.

“I would rather agonise over selection.”