Ryan – We didn’t get enough right

Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan insists his side didn’t get enough right against Northampton Saints as they fell to a 38-18 defeat at Franklin’s Gardens. 

The visitors dominated much of the first period and led 15-12 at the interval but couldn’t add to two first-half tries as Saints ran away with victory late on. 

And Ryan said: “We came in with a mind-frame and a tactic in which we thought could get us a win but we didn’t get enough right so we’ll go away and work on it this week. 

“There were a lot of positives in the first-half but you have to underpin it with some solid foundations and today it wasn’t strong enough to withstand a powerful Saints side.”

Tries from Val Rapava Ruskin and Wynand Olivier alongside two kicks for Tom Heathcote had given the travelling support hopes of picking up a first win on the road this season, but a Tom Collins hat-trick and scores for Harry Mallinder, Lee Dickson and George Pisi put Warriors to the sword.

And Ryan admitted there were just too many errors in the second-half for Worcester to come out with a result.

He explained: “We know we can play with the best sides but we can’t have the kind of error count we had today and expect to compete. 

“We lost some pace in what we were doing. Everything in the first-half was quick but it was more measured in the second period and we can’t afford to do that against these sides. You can see how quickly they can operate. 

“We were deliberately trying to be faster and more fluid and we didn’t want to get sucked into a drive and it worked in the first period. They didn’t get much field position or any set-piece starts.

“We’ve been leading regularly at half-time and you know the opposition are going to throw everything at you in the second period and that’s when you’ve got to get your job right and today there were just too many mistakes to be able to come through.”

Warriors face a tough trip to Newcastle Falcons next weekend, knowing a win could see them leapfrog their rivals at the foot of the table.

And Ryan knows the magnitude of the games that remain.

He added: “Kingston Park has created a number of problems for a lot of teams as Newcastle are getting results there. 

“But every game is important now and we have to get wins.”