Fly half praises back row performance

Joe Carlisle heaped praise on the Worcester pack and the back row trio of Neil Best, Sam Betty and Matt Kvesic as they went head-to-head with the star-studded Bath back row at Sixways.

Fly half Carlisle scored six points and set up a stunning first half try for wing Miles Benjamin in the 16-7 win in the Aviva Premiership on home soil.

However, he was quick to pass on all the credit to the forwards and the Worcester back row who produced an inspired display against the Bath’s powerful line-up that included former England captain Lewis Moody, South African international Francois Louw and Scottish star Simon Taylor.

“It was a case of making sure we played for the whole 80 minutes,” said Carlisle. “We knew we had it in us and all he boys are hugely happy with the result.

“It was a physical game and they have got a big back row. It was going to be a battle for us, but I thought out back row was top notch with their work rate and physicality.

“It always starts in the forwards and whether they can lay down a decent platform for us to play.

“When we had the ball on the front foot we know we can have an impact with the likes of Miles, Marcel and Errie. All the backs had a great game and Miles managed to finish off that try.

“Miles likes to run that line and I think I had a big boy in front of me so I knew Miles could get on the outside, it was just a case of giving him the ball and seeing what he had got.”

Carlisle almost capped off a fine display with a try when he picked off a second half intercept only to be hauled down.

But he admitted he was just happy to be playing and getting a run in the side with so much competition for places.

“I knew I wasn’t going to make it when I picked off the pass as when you have got Nick Abendanon chasing you down you are not going to get very far,” he smiled. “Luckily Raz was in support and he managed to pick one off his toes.

“It’s nice to get a run in the team and, as a ten, it is always good to get these games on the bounce so you can find your groove.

“I know I have got to play well with the likes of Danny (Gray) playing very well and Goodey (Andy Goode) who is highly experienced.

“They are biting at my heels and all three tens are training well, it’s tough competition and you have got to improve.

“We now turn to Exeter Chiefs next week and they are obviously very good at home, but this result will give us confidence and we look forward to that trip.”