Coach demands response from team

Boss Richard Hill urged his Worcester Warriors to turn their attention to Nottingham Rugby and make amends on home soil – but admitted he would look closely at selection after the error-ridden defeat to Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship.

Worcester suffered a first defeat in a competitive match on Friday night in almost two and a half years as they crashed to a late 23-21 loss at the hands of the Cornishmen.

Hill ordered his team to take defeat on the chin after the game and has now called on them to produce when they face Midland neighbours Nottingham in a week’s time.

“Everyone is in this together – the coaches take responsibility as do the players for such a poor performance,” he said.

“We have to act properly. We have lost a game and it is very disappointing, we have got to take it on the chin. The players didn’t like it; they won’t be happy and quite rightly so.

“We have got to accept that you can’t just go and beat everyone when you don’t perform. This is a tough league and the Cornish Pirates are a good side.

“We were beaten by a side that played better than us on the night – we have to accept that. Now we have to make sure we get angry enough next week for Nottingham.

“I will have a careful look at selection because there were clearly some performances that weren’t good enough. I will have to look at the whole lot and make a decision,” he added.

“I stated that I would keep a steady side if players earned the jersey and kept playing well. If there was a lack of form there would be changes if I felt that was the case.

“At the moment I can’t blame anybody in particular, it is a collective responsibility for that performance and we will sort it out for next week.”