Ryan pleased with competitive Warriors

Dean Ryan admits he has been pleased with the competitiveness of his Warriors side during the opening two games of the season.

Warriors travel to Kingsholm on Saturday for a derby day clash with Gloucester Rugby. And, according to Ryan, he will be looking for more of the same from his side.  

He said: “We’re very competitive and I think we’re gaining confidence from that. 

“We’ve got to have an understanding from week to week of what the contest is. It won’t be much different this week, with Gloucester kicking a huge amount of ball and looking for field position.

“We’re in a pretty good space. We’ve got confirmation from the first two games that we’re in the mix week in week out and we now have to drive ourselves to be better.”

Warriors missed out on a losing bonus point last Friday after Sale Sharks’ Johnny Leota scored a try with the last play of the game.

And Ryan admits Warriors needs to claim every point they possibly can throughout the season.

He continued: “Points are important and we had an opportunity to take a bonus point at Sale, which on reflection is a point missed because not many teams will get much up there.

“Sometimes it’s okay to close out for a point so it’s frustrating but that’s part of what we have to learn.” 

Warriors welcomed new signing Jaba Bregvadze to the Club earlier this week. And Ryan believes the hooker will help to bolster his front row options. 

He added: “We’ve said all along that our front row resource is probably the thinnest at the club so we’re really pleased to have Jaba here.

“He’s another person who can come in, add value and give us a little more strength in depth.

“To be a front rower in the Top 14 is tough. He’s obviously frustrated because he’s another example of someone who wasn’t necessarily playing every week so that gives him the avenue to come and compete here.”