Ryan looking to regain momentum ahead of play-offs

Dean Ryan admits his side will be looking to regain their momentum ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs when London Scottish visit Sixways this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

A spectacular drop goal from Jersey full-back Aaron Penberthy in the dying moments saw Warriors’ club-record 24-game winning run come to an end at the hands of Jersey last weekend.

And with just four league games remaining before the play-offs begin, Ryan admits his team need to lay down another marker.

He said: “Scottish are tough opponents but we want to put a marker down for the play-offs and we’ll use this weekend to try and do that.

“We shouldn’t lose sight of the track record we’ve got of getting it right but we shouldn’t lose the lesson that if we play below par in a cup final environment, we will have results like we did against Jersey.”

Ryan has continued to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2015/16 season and the club announced this week that lock Darren Barry will be moving to Sixways from Cornish Pirates in the summer, while flanker Sam Betty has signed a new contract.

Ryan added: “Darren is 6ft 6in and 120kg and that’s a pretty big shift. We’ve watched him quite a bit and we think he can add something to what we have already.

“He played well against us and he’s mobile and a decent footballer who calls the line so we thought we could work with him.

“Sam is one of those players who has really grown in this environment. He’s always been physical and committed but he’s adding more and more to his game all the time.

“He listens to what we say, takes it on board and adapts it into his game so he has become a real central figure of the team.”

Seated tickets for Saturday’s match are available for £22 from the Warriors Box Office by calling 01905 459309 or by visiting www.warriors.co.uk/tickets.