Barry anticipating fierce Kingsholm derby

Darren Barry admits he is expecting today’s derby against Gloucester Rugby to be a fierce encounter as both sides go in search of their second Aviva Premiership win of the season.

Barry moved to Sixways from Championship side Cornish Pirates in the summer and has started Warriors’ opening two games.

And he says he’s looking forward to today's clash at Kingsholm.

He said: “I know how much these derby games mean to supporters and players so it is exciting to be involved in the game.

“Gloucester just missed out against Saracens so they will be a tough nut to crack but we have been very resilient in our first two games so we will go into the game with confidence.”

Warriors have picked-up four points after the opening two rounds of the Aviva Premiership, with an opening weekend victory against Northampton Saints being followed by defeat at Sale Sharks.

And Barry believes his side can take a huge amount of positives from their start to the season.

He continued: “We were quietly confident going into the Saints game and, although we left it till the last minute to get the win, we had a lot of chances in the game.

“It was a tough test against Sale and we were disappointed not to get the bonus point but we were resilient and we showed character to still be in the game at the end, despite having little possession or opportunities throughout.”

Barry has found himself in the second row alongside Ireland international Donncha O’Callaghan. And the lock admits he is learning a lot from his new teammate.

He added: “Donncha is hugely experienced and he likes to talk, which is great. He’s always encouraging the boys, which gives you confidence.

“For a guy who has achieved as much as he has, he trains like he’s new into the game and he’s always bouncing around.

“It’s fantastic for me to learn off someone like that and it’s a huge honour to have him at the Club.”