Jones excited by Welford Road challenge

Lock Chris Jones admits Worcester Warriors will relish the challenge ahead as they travel to Welford Road to tackle in-form Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Worcester have never recorded a victory at Leicester in the top-flight, but make the journey to the East Midlands buoyed by victory over bottom club Newcastle Falcons and looking up the table.

He said: “We are setting benchmarks at the moment. When Leicester came to Sixways just after Christmas, we didn’t perform – in fact that was probably the last time we didn’t perform at home – so we want to make up for that. We will take confidence from the Falcons win and roll on to Welford Road.

“Are we a different team to the one that lost at home to Leicester? Yes and no. Yes it is because we have some more confidence – we made some simple mistakes that day and let them score easy tries, so we are different in that respect.

“However, we are not different from then in that we are a good, tight-knit team with some great players and on our day we can beat anyone.”