Thomas urges supporters to make the difference

Warriors star Jonathan Thomas is urging fans to help push the side over the line in tonight’s semi-final second leg against London Scottish at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).

Dean Ryan’s men hold a slender five-point lead after a last-minute penalty try secured a 27-22 win over the Exiles last Saturday.

But Thomas wants the vocal Sixways faithful to make the difference in helping his side to victory tonight.

He said: “The fans have been great this year in terms of the support they’ve shown us going to away games.

“They’ve been very loyal and all us players really do appreciate your support as it’s key.

“When it comes to knockout rugby like this, what really helps us as players is the support being vocal and as noisy as possible to make Sixways become a cauldron – an intimidating environment for the opposition.

“Now the time has come for you to be the 16th man tonight and help get us over the line.”

Dean Ryan’s side have been struck with some injury problems ahead of the big clash with the likes of Andy Symons, Max Stelling, Chris Pennell and Charlie Mulchrone all missing.

But last season’s skipper believes the squad has what it takes to overcome the test.

He explained: “Scottish are well organised, have a good defence, driving maul and set-piece so they have the nuts and bolts of being a quality side.

“If any team has those attributes then they are difficult to break down so you have to respect them.

“But at the same time we are confident. We’ve had a good season as a whole.

“If you think about the B&I Cup squad which won the Cup and those that reached the final in the Aviva A League, we’ve got depth and we’re confident that whoever plays can do the job.”