Ryan – Teams don’t know what’s coming

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan insists teams “don’t know what’s coming” when they face his Warriors side, who will be hunting a 22nd straight win in this Saturday’s clash with Bedford Blues (kick-off 3pm).

In recent weeks, Warriors have thrashed Cornish Pirates, Moseley, Nottingham and Rotherham Titans on their way to securing a place in the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs.

And the Warriors chief knows opposition sides are struggling to cope with his formidable backline.

He said: “Now if you’re playing us you’re not really sure what’s coming which is more dangerous than what it was six weeks ago.

“Teams couldn’t necessarily cope with the drive and started throwing things at it legally or illegally but now you don’t know what’s coming and that is a much stronger place for us to be.

“I’m really pleased with how the backline is developing and how that’s opening things up as a team.”

And Ryan praised his youthful backs who have flourished this season with centres Andy Symons and Max Stelling, full-back Ben Howard and recently fly-half Ryan Mills, tearing sides apart.

He explained: “Stelling and Howard are playing really well and Mills and Symons have been holding everyone nice and tight. It’s working really well.”

After announcing the two new signings of Scotland international Tom Heathcote and Bristol’s Luke Baldwin earlier this week, Ryan added: “I had a bit of experience working with Tom in Scotland and he is a talented lad.

“He’s looking for a place to settle in and make his own and that’s what we’re after. He plays in a similar way that we play and I feel there are things that we can really help him with in his game and get him to kick on. Im delighted we’ve got a player of that calibre.

“Luke is a young lad looking for opportunities. He knows there is competition and he wants to get in the middle of that. He is a hungry young lad with potential. The two are really crucial signings for the future of the club.”