Boss wants momentum from final cup clash

Richard Hill acknowledged that qualification for the knockout stages of the LV=Cup was almost impossible – but revealed he would still select his strongest possible side for the final pool clash with Saracens at Sixways next Saturday.

Warriors suffered a 46-24 defeat at the Madejski Stadium to trail Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers in the race for top spot in Pool 2 of the competition.

However, with the resumption of Aviva Premiership rugby in just a matter of weeks, Hill admitted he would go all out against Saracens to give his team a lift.

He said: “Qualification is difficult now. Leicester and Sale picked up bonus points so that makes it tough, almost impossible.

“For us it’s now about getting a good win on home soil and we will put a full strength side out next week in preparation for the game with Bath.

“We have been building up gradually to the start of the Aviva Premiership again and next week will be full on.

“Over the last three games we have given people who have not had much rugby the chance to play. Apart from out defence, a lot of things went well against Irish and I can’t fault the young lads who all played well. But as a team we have got to defend better.

“Many of our players enjoyed the game in a bizarre way; it was a fast and open game that was played in a good spirit,” he added.

“Irish went full ball and put their full side out. We had young people like Ollie Hayes, James Currie and Richard de Carpentier out there and they did very well.

“We have kept a lot of players back and we knew, when we saw their team, it was going to be a tough ask away from home.

“If you don’t stop their runners they are very good. Given that they had more quality ball and their strike runners like Marland Yarde looked dangerous in space.”


“For us it’s now about getting a good win on home soil and we will put a full strength side out next week in preparation for the game with Bath…"