Abbott – Quins was a harsh lesson learnt

Jake Abbott was left bitterly disappointed in his first start of the season, after an experienced Harlequins side beat Warriors 37-13 at Sixways.

The flanker admitted that it was a thoroughly difficult evening for Warriors against a Harlequins side boasting a number of England internationals.

He said: “It was a brutal match. I’ve not experienced many games like how that was in the first 30 minutes.

“It was ridiculously fast-paced. We couldn’t stop the off-loads, we couldn’t slow the ball down and it was just very difficult being out there.”

Warriors managed to prevent their opponents from crossing the chalk until the 31st minute, despite being under constant pressure.

And although Abbott was disappointed with the result, he insisted that the Warriors’ defence could take a lot of heart from their first-half effort.

He continued: “We can take positives out of that first 30 minutes of defending against what were just unbelievable fazes of play from Quins.

“It was positive that we held them so close to the line without them being able to score a try and it’s great that we defended our line like that and held them out.

“The fact they didn’t want to press it anymore and decided to take the kicks instead is a good sign.”

The match was the first of six Friday night games at Sixways this season and Abbott said it was great to be back under the lights.

“I’m chuffed to be back playing in the Friday night lights but bitterly disappointed to be on the wrong end of the result.

“It’ll be a different kettle of fish next weekend when we go to Adams Park to play London Wasps and hopefully we can learn from the harsh lessons we had tonight and go and get ourselves a win.”