Hill issues wake-up call to Warriors

Worcester boss Richard Hill admitted his Warriors needed to wake-up after a white knuckle ride saw them edge out Nottingham Rugby in a nine-try rollercoaster at Sixways Stadium on Friday night.

Marcel Garvey (2), Miles Benjamin, Graham Kitchener and Aleki Lutui all crossed as Worcester secured maximum points to remain top of the RFU Championship.

But Head Coach Hill did not mix his words in his post match assessment of a performance that he again conceded was not what he had wanted.

He said: “One or two players played well and got us out of a hole but overall, again, it was littered with errors. It is getting very frustrating at the moment and that was not a good performance.

“I’m sure it was quite exciting for some supporters to watch, it was the old white knuckle ride again for Worcester. There were a lot of tries scored on both sides.

“It was error strewn on our part, very sloppy with individual errors creeping in. We have got to cut it out, gifting them the scores that we did. Credit to Nottingham as they will take advantage, but we gave them three tries.

“Each player made five or six not just little errors but really basic errors. They are killing us and we have got to wake up now and realise we are in a hard league I think at the moment we are still going on that field thinking we can go and put 40 points on teams.

“It is not going to happen, we have had too many close calls for that and we have got to wake up and really understand what needs to be done.”

Hill has now ordered his team to transfer the good work on the training field to games as the Warriors prepare to face high flying London Welsh next weekend.

“We are training well in the week and what we are seeing is not the end product. That’s because we are making such uncharacteristic errors,” he added.

“We have a player running wide who throws a miss pass to our tight-head prop on the touchline. What is that about? That is nonsense and watching it you think ‘this is not Worcester Warriors, this is not what I see in the week in training’.

“We have got make sure our training performances are transferred onto the field very, very quickly. We are almost halfway through this league now. Yes, we are top, but we know if that kicker today had made kicks it would have been different.

“They were missing their main scrum half, main ten, a key centre and full back. They are missing four players who normally play, particularly their goal kicker. If they had kicked three of the goals, which they should have done, they would have won the game. We can’t gloss over that and say we got a win and a bonus point win.”