YAPP EYES DOUBLE HEADER

Warriors Women Director of Rugby Jo Yapp is relishing the prospect of the double-header on Saturday January 11 when her side take on Richmond in the Tyrrells Premier 15s at Sixways (kick-off 5.30pm).

Yapp’s side will take to the field following the conclusion of the men’s European Rugby Challenge Cup clash against Enisei-STM, making it a bumper day at Sixways.

Home victories over Bristol Bears and Firwood Waterloo during December has given Warriors Women a solid platform to build on going into 2020.

“We’re really trying to increase the energy at our home games and it’s been nice to have the children playing at half-time when we played Bristol and then the Legends Day fixture which was a nice thing to have at the club,” said Yapp.

“The double-header promises to be a really good day and the energy that the crowd has given us in our last few home games has made a real difference, especially against Bristol when we had the Sepsis Awareness Day.

“That was a fantastic day, and the way in which the crowd got behind us in what was a really tight game, was great. To be able to run out for the double-header on the same day as the men is great and hopefully more people will want to come back and watch us.

“Crowds are up significantly at our games at Sixways, and the whole club has been great in supporting the women.

“The increased commercial and media activity in promoting our games has made a difference. The girls are working so hard on the training field and they’re getting their reward with the recent upturn in results.”

Warriors have already equalled the number of wins they achieved last season and are certainly improving in all areas of the field according to Yapp.

She added: “We were really pleased with the Waterloo result and our attacking intensity was really positive from the girls. In the last few weeks our forwards have been strong at the set-piece, which has given us a really good platform to play off.

“We changed things at the start of October when I started and the staff behind the scenes has changed significantly with the appointment of a full-time S&C Coach as well as Academy Forwards Coach Mike Hill, who also supports the women’s programme.

“We’ve also got Sian Moore as one of our full-time coaches, so things are certainly moving in the right direction at present.”