ONE of Worcester Warriors’ main objectives is to banish their away day blues, admits openside flanker Sam Lewis.
Warriors have failed to win an away Aviva Premiership match this term and travel to Newcastle Falcons next Friday (8pm) in a bid to avoid a whitewash.
“We want to get our away form better so that’s an objective for us,” said Lewis, who is under contract at Sixways for next season.
“We’re really targeting Newcastle away so we need to be up for that and then hopefully we will get a big crowd at Sixways for the last game of the season and put Leicester Tigers to the sword.”
Warriors have not won on their top-tier travels since beating Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop last March under former director of rugby Dean Ryan.
“I don’t know really (why our away record is poor),” said Lewis.
“It’s tougher away from home obviously but it’s tough to put a finger on the reasons why.
“But if we want to progress in this league, we need to nail the away games.
“We do speak about it a lot in meetings and Donncha (O’Callaghan) has barked on about it this year and said that it hasn’t been good enough and he’s right.
“Hopefully, we can finish off the season against Newcastle and get a win and it will stand us in good stead for next season.”
Lewis, 26, joined Warriors from Ospreys in March 2015.
He was a regular for the Welsh region in the Guinness PRO12 and European Champions Cup during his final two campaigns at the club.
Lewis missed all last season through injury but has made 15 appearances this term and was outstanding in Warriors’ 25-19 victory against Bath last Saturday.
He would have impressed Wales interim head coach Rob Howley, who watched the match from the stands.
“The main thing for me was to get back playing and get some form back into my game and playing for Worcester,” said Lewis.
“It was really just about trying to get back on to the pitch and enjoying my rugby again and that’s what I am doing now. It’s been great.”
He added: “I have always liked playing against the best players in the world and I’ve watched Bath’s Francois Louw’s game for years and he’s been great for the game.”
Lewis added: “Hopefully, we can get a couple of wins before the end of the season. I’ve got next year at the club as well and I am loving playing for the club at the moment.”