Ryan – Players’ understanding improving all the time

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan remained upbeat despite a rampant final 20 minutes from Northampton Saints taking the game away from Warriors at Sixways.

The home side went in ahead at the interval after Ignacio Mieres went over the whitewash but three tries in the second period saw last year’s Aviva Premiership finalists win 33-10.

Ryan said: “I’m pretty pleased with the performance because we are starting to understand the game, we’re starting to understand what works for us and we’re starting to be a collective force.

“We’re starting to buy into some of the systems that we’re doing and we’re testing them against some of the best teams in the country.

“We are gaining confidence from these performances but we’ve just got to transfer playing well for 60 minutes to a full 80 minutes of a game.”

Northampton are renowned for being a strong forward side but Warriors managed to prevent them from crossing the chalk for over an hour at Sixways.

And Ryan admits it is a sign of the progression that has been made at the club since the start of the season.

He continues: “I think our forward pack are making significant improvements. A lot of the guys deserve credit because it was a tremendous 60-minute effort.

“The physicality of the side now to where we were nine weeks ago has changed immensely.

“The challenge now is that we have to close that gap and we want to win games and move this club towards being successful.”

Max Stelling came on to make his first Premiership appearance for the club and Ryan insists the youngster’s Premiership debut is another sign that Warriors are making progress.

He explains: “Max got his first taste of Premiership rugby today and it’s no accident as we’ve been planting these seeds for the past eight weeks.

“James Stephenson and Richard de Carpentier played well and it’s these things that are starting to move us forward.

“We recognise that we need to close the gap on other sides but we can only ask the team to buy into the system and structure that we’re trying to create.”