Ryan proud of his side’s efforts at Kingsholm

Dean Ryan admits he was proud of the efforts of his players at Kingsholm despite going down 12-6 to their local rivals.

Warriors went toe-to-toe with their counterparts for much of the Christmas clash before being defeated by two late Billy Twelvetrees penalties.

And, according to the Worcester Director of Rugby, his side are moving in the right direction.

He said: “I’m proud of the effort today. We are getting better, irrespective of who we play.

“We’ve got injuries but nobody is moaning. We’re just getting on with it and getting better week to week.

“I’m looking forward to the New Year because we’re a different side to what we were eight or nine weeks ago – by a long way.

“We are a pretty strong group now and we’re looking forward to seeing what comes round the corner.”

The match was delayed by 30 minutes after the crossbar was knocked out of its bracket during the pre-match entertainment.

But Ryan insists the right decision was made to allow both sides to prepare properly for the match.

He continued: “If you’re going to make decisions and delay kick-off times then you need to allow people to get into the right place.

“We needed to make the right decision and Nigel and myself said that we would need 15 minutes to get ourselves back into the right space. Otherwise we’re not doing the game justice. So it was the right decision.”

After returning to Kingsholm for the first time as a Director of Rugby since leaving Gloucester four years ago, Ryan insists he is well on the road to changing the fortunes of his new side.

He added: “I’m coming to Kingsholm with a new group, wanting to make them successful. My time and investment is in a group at Worcester and I’m pretty pleased by where we are heading.”