BY ART DE ROCHE
Worcester Valkyries Director of Rugby Roy Davies believes there is more to come after his side earned their first points of the season in the Tyrrells Premier 15s on Saturday.
Valkyries came close to their first win of the season in Round 9 but a late comeback from Firwood Waterloo Ladies meant a 12-12 draw at the Memorial Ground.
But the display has given Davies plenty of encouragement as they head into the second-half of the season.
He said: “There were a huge number of positives in terms of things that we’ve worked on in training in the last few months and it was really good to see the girls implement them.”
One of those positives was Valkyries’ defence, as they put in an admirable shift throughout Saturday’s game, stopping the home side from scoring numerous times before being undone in the late stages.
And Davies insists his side are capable of standing up to other teams in the league, as they did with Waterloo.
He explained: “Waterloo are a really good side and we have to give them credit. They have some really good runners and strong players who are a physical threat and we stood up to that challenge which was pleasing.
“Physically they are a good team and if we can stand up to that, there are a lot of other teams in this league we can stand up to.”
Valkyries also improved in attack as they looked dangerous with ball in hand in Saturday’s affair and boss Davies hopes they can carry that forward.
He continued: “We made some system errors which we need to improve on and develop but we’re not the finished article yet.
“But we can take this forward and we’re excited about the next game.”
Valkyries’ next fixture sees them return to Sixways to take on fifth-placed Loughborough Lightning on Sunday 10 December (kick-off 2pm).
And Davies hopes his side can build on their recent display when they come back to Sixways this weekend.
He added: “Any time you show that you can set a standard then it’s realistic to expect that standard as a bare minimum and to keep progressing from there.
“I’d be disappointed if we dropped below that now because I know that’s what we’re capable of.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game are FREE for Warriors Season Ticket holders and Juniors and £5 for all others.