WORCESTER Warriors' new head coach Jonathan Thomas insists the losing bonus-point at Sale Sharks on Friday night was something to build on, even if there was a slight disappointment it wasn't more.

Warriors were in the game throughout and had it not been for some basic errors and ill-discipline, they could well have taken more more than just a point from the game.

Sale were not at their best but Thomas admits it is still a very difficult place to go.

"We knew coming to the AJ Bell was going to be difficult, it's never easy," he said.

"We had a few front line players missing but we spoke to players about being in the fight, we talked a lot about mindset this week.

"There was nothing in the game and the players were disappointed to lose.

"Where did we lose it? A bit of ill discipline in the second and and final quarter. 

"Defence was looking really strong and we were very proud of their effort. 

"Previously this team wouldn't have come away with anything so we are satisfied with a point but it could have been more and we feel we could have won that."

Worcester travelled to Manchester without the likes of Ollie Lawrence, Melani Nanai and Billy Searle, all who picked up injuries in the week.

But Thomas was particularly impressed with Oli Morris, who again showed his quality, as he has done on numerous occassions so far this season.

"We have some good young players coming through and as a coaching staff we have made a commitment to exposing these young players," he added.

"Oli doesn't look the biggest but he punches way above his weight. 

"He tackles like a demon but he carries really well and did so tonight.

"A real positive was the young players who really fronted up on the night."