Dowson – Discipline paramount to our success

Phil Dowson says Warriors’ discipline is paramount as they prepare for tests against two of the Aviva Premiership’s top sides.

Warriors travel to Exeter Chiefs this Saturday before hosting Wasps on Sunday 4 December.

And, according to Dowson, his side need to reduce their penalty count if they are to get the points they are looking for.

He said: “Exeter’s record at home is outstanding so it is a huge challenge for us there. They are packed with internationals and they have huge quality within that squad.

“Last Friday our discipline wasn’t good enough. We conceded too many penalties and if you do that it’s very difficult to get on the right side of the scoresheet.

“The most frustrating thing is that we’ve been working on our discipline in recent weeks and have been making improvements.

“We have to keep pushing and keep striving to cut those needless errors out of our game.”

Warriors have gone toe-to-toe with the Premiership’s best teams this season – racking up leads against the likes of Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints before going down to defeats.

And Dowson admits his team need to find a way to get over the line in the tighter matches.

He added: “We’re not a million miles away but we need to convert those close games into wins.

“There are no easy games and all teams are playing under pressure but we’ll continue to get better as a team every week.

“People talk about the Exeter model but we need to make the most of what works for us at Warriors and add our own culture and experience to that mix.” 

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