Ryan – Competitive Warriors must be smarter

Dean Ryan says he was pleased with his side’s competitiveness against Sale Sharks but admits Warriors must be smarter in games.

The Sixways side were denied a losing bonus point with the last play of the game as Johnny Leota touched down at the death to give Sale a 27-13 victory. 

Ryan said: “We’re a little bit disappointed we couldn’t see out those last 30 seconds. We should have been smarter about closing the clock out and that’s just a learning curve for us.

“We did show a good image of where we are and I think we looked competitive but we have to turn that into bonus points and wins.”

Warriors got their Aviva Premiership season off to a flying start on the opening weekend of the season as they shocked last season’s table-toppers Northampton Saints to claim victory.

But Friday’s trip to Sale offered a different proposition for Warriors and, according to Ryan, his side were unable to deal with the hosts’ kicking game.

He added: “We found out that the game gets played in many different ways. It was a different contest against Sale, predominantly about kicking, and we lost it.

“We spent most of the time in our own half. We were incredibly courageous defensively to sit that long under that much pressure and if we had got a point we’d have been over the moon.

“They kicked very well and we didn’t deal with it. Sometimes Sale just shut up shop and try to squeeze you – and you have to deal with that.

“We got back into it with ten or 15 minutes to go and we had a chance of sneaking something but we lost a bit of control.

“To spend 60 minutes in our own half and not concede a huge amount against a side that was battering down on us, showed that we can be competitive.

“We looked very organised but we just came second in a particular aspect of the game tonight.”