While disappointed with his sin-binning
and the defeat, the 24-year-old Mitchell relished his first taste of the championship.
We made a good start but the sin-binning
was a huge part of that work being undone.
Captain Lawrence Dallaglio and director of rugby Ian McGeechan scotched talk of Jason Oakes' first-half sin-binning
putting an early nail in the visitors' coffin.
But aside from that I was disappointed at the level of performance after the sin-binning
The Vikings paid heavy price for Terry O'Connor's sin-binning
in the 19th minute after he sprayed water at Salford centre Kevin McGuiness as the Reds took full advantage with two quick tries from Stuart Littler.
After Waqaniver's sin-binning
, Henley scrum half Dan Smaje added another before Cull landed an injury time penalty.
Birmingham coach Paul Williams thought Worcester were there for the taking until the sin-binning
of second row Richard McCrainor midway through the second half.
Less pleasing for Smith was the late sin-binning
of Stefan Ratchford who, with the incident put on report, will have a nervous wait to see if he can play in the Good Friday derby against Widnes.
The Warriors overcame the early sin-binning
of Gil Dudson to lead 14-8 at the break with tries from Chris Tuson, Anthony Gelling and a controversial Josh Charnley effort.
The Crusaders were down to 12 men following Jamie Clarke's sin-binning
with five minutes to go for an alleged professional foul.
Yet hopes were killed off with the double sin-binning
as Sneddon continued to dominate with the boot as the Wanderers took the spoils.
Asked why the Lions had not been able to build on their promising start, Edwards replied: "The sin-binning
was a huge part of that.