Gold – It was the ultimate team game

Gold praises his side after historic win at Welford Road

Warriors Director of Rugby Gary Gold hailed his side’s historic 31-27 win over Leicester Tigers on Saturday, describing it as “the ultimate team game”.

Warriors ran in five tries to Tigers’ three as they won for the first time ever at Welford Road, dating back 122 years.

It was also his side’s first away league win since March 2016 and Gold said: “It’s great to pick up that first win at Welford Road in all those years. I probably look that old after having been through those 80 minutes!

“I’m delighted for the group and the Club. During a tough time, the coaching staff have really stuck to the task and I’m very proud of them all and what they’ve achieved.

“It was the ultimate team game. There were some guys who were absolutely outstanding. Chris Pennell and Ryan Mills were brilliant, Francois Hougaard was always asking questions, Will Spencer and Sam Lewis worked tirelessly and the front row scrummed really well.

“The reserves came on and made a difference too but I’m so proud of every single member of that side.”

Despite beating last year’s Premiership semi-finalists on the road, Gold vows that Warriors will stay humble ahead of another massive game against Sale Sharks on Friday night at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).

He added: “At Welford Road, you’re taking on a 16th man out there. It’s a very hostile environment as many teams have found out over the years.

“But we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground. We want to keep improving week to week. There is still lots to work on and still a long way to go but we are making strides.

“A week is an eternity in rugby and if we don’t stay humble and work hard we’ll get beaten by Sale.

“We don’t want to be complacent, we just want to keep improving and keep working hard.”

The only bad news from the weekend’s game was that vice-captain GJ van Velze may have broken a rib and is expected to miss Friday’s Sharks battle.

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