A week of turmoil in which the head coach, Anthony Eddy, was sacked and the director of rugby, John Brain, offered to resign ended with a first Premiership victory for Worcester.
The visitors mastered a saturated Vicarage Road pitch, the state of which had left the match in doubt, a late drop goal from the replacement fly-half Shane Drahm settling the result after Saracens had built a 17-3 half-time lead.
Thomas Castaignède's opening try, thanks to a wonderful pass from Andy Farrell, and a Glen Jackson effort looked to have set up the home team for a comfortable victory, but Worcester's pack was immense, their talismanic prop, Tony Windo, helping to provide focus, direction and a sense of purpose for the bottom-placed side.
The hooker, Chris Fortey, was driven over from a line-out. Then the hulking Gavin Quinnell scored his first Premiership try - but his sixth of the season in all competitions. Drahm, an Australian who is qualified to play for England, did the rest with his boot.
Saracens: Tries Castaignède, Jackson; Conversions Jackson 2; Penalty Jackson. Worcester: Tries Fortey, Quinnell; Conversions Drahm 2; Penalty Brown; Drop Drahm.
Saracens: T Castaignède; D Scarbrough, K Sorrell, A Farrell, T Vaikona; G Jackson, N de Kock; K Yates (capt), S Byrne (M Cairns, 62), C Visagie, T Ryder (I Fullarton, 62), K Chesney, H Vyvyan, D Seymour (P Gustard, 70), B Skirving.
Worcester: T Delport; A Havili, D Rasmussen, T Lombard, M Tucker (M Garvey, 80); J Brown (S Drahm, 52), M Powell (R Powell, 80); D Morris (T Windo, 40-52), C Fortey, C Horsman (Windo, 52), C Gillies, T Collier (P Murphy, 52), K Horstmann (capt), T Harding, D Hickey (G Quinnell, 61).
Referee: M Fox (Leicestershire).Reuse content