Boss – Now we know the benchmark

Head Coach Richard Hill believes the game with Stade Francais will be of huge benefit to his Warriors – now they know the benchmark they need to achieve to be a success in European rugby.

French giants Stade secured a place in the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup with a scintillating five-try 33-10 victory in Paris.

Hill, though, insists the experience will have done his team good and was pleased by the brand of attacking rugby the Warriors played during the second half that was rewarded with a stunning solo score for fly half Andy Goode.

“We saw the benchmark in that game,” claimed Hill. “They were good but we would be disappointed if that was a league match and we conceded those tries.

“They took a quick tap penalty and we were half asleep and let them score in the corner, we should never have conceded that.

“There were a couple of soft ones in the second half when I know, if that was a league match and we had concentrated on the defence, then that would not have happened.

“If you look at what we did with the attack, it was promising. As we lead into Sale we have got to look at the attack but also bolt back that defence. Phil Larder will come in to make sure that happens.

“If we can get the two together then we are going to some team. Stade Francais were very good, but we are not going to be that far away.”


“We saw the benchmark in that game. They were good but we would be disappointed if that was a league match and we conceded those tries…"