Pathetic to perfect say fickle fans’ views

DRIVING FORCE: Warriors’ Nikki Walker (centre) takes on Scarlets’ challenges during his side’s victory.

DRIVING FORCE: Warriors’ Nikki Walker (centre) takes on Scarlets’ challenges during his side’s victory.

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

FICKLE is always an emotive word in sport, guaranteed to get the backs up of any fans when it is used to describe them.

Sometimes, however, it is the correct adjective and a case in point would be at around 3.45pm on Saturday as my Twitter account went into meltdown when I asked how Warriors fans thought their team had performed in the first-half of the LV= Cup clash with Scarlets.

It’s fair to say the opening 40 minutes had not been the best fare ever seen at Sixways, but it was both sides who combined to serve up absolute dross, not just Worcester.

During the interval, I was inundated with tweets saying how the team were ‘pathetic’, ‘totally woeful’ and one which branded Dean Schofield’s efforts as ‘the worst performance by a Warriors captain ever’.

Yet, just under an hour later, following a four-try burst in a vastly-improved second-half showing, the tone had changed dramatically. Suddenly, the Worcester players were world-beaters. From pathetic to perfect in less than an hour. Not bad, eh?

I admit I was preparing to pen a fairly scornful match report on the evidence of the first 40 minutes, but Warriors got their act together and produced a superb second-half to put Scarlets to the sword.

Worcester do have a habit of building up their fans’ top-six hopes, only to dash them with a woeful performance — such as the recent Aviva Premiership capitulation at Exeter — but at least wait until the game has finished before castigating the players.

Against Scarlets, Warriors fielded a much-changed line-up to give players returning from injury and others who had been on the fringes the chance to impress. I think it is only natural such wholesale alterations will take a while to bed in.

I’m not for one moment saying the first-half performance was acceptable — because it was far from that — but the team, given a little bit of half-time tinkering and no doubt a few stern words, produced a fine win.

Sixways stars of the future such as James Currie, Andy Short and Ben Howard caught the eye, while more experienced players like Chris Jones, Chris Pennell and Blair Cowan had arguably their best games of the season.

But, judging by the tweets I often receive — as well as visits to Worcester’s online fans’ forum — it is apparent Warriors have a considerable number of ‘supporters’ who only seem happy when having a moan.

In these people’s eyes, the players, coaches and people who run the club cannot do right for doing wrong. I, on the other hand, take a glass half-full approach and feel Warriors are definitely on the up. Albeit a little slowly for some people’s liking.

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10:04pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Mrs Lisa Bailey says...

As far As I'm aware, there are no points awarded for 'artistic interpratation'. My boys won, I'm happy. (Gentlemen, it's much easier from the stands, with a pint, and a bird's eye view of the game. . . . )
As far As I'm aware, there are no points awarded for 'artistic interpratation'. My boys won, I'm happy. (Gentlemen, it's much easier from the stands, with a pint, and a bird's eye view of the game. . . . ) Mrs Lisa Bailey
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7:41am Mon 12 Nov 12

Tony1952 says...

Mrs Lisa Bailey wrote:
As far As I'm aware, there are no points awarded for 'artistic interpratation'. My boys won, I'm happy. (Gentlemen, it's much easier from the stands, with a pint, and a bird's eye view of the game. . . . )
"...at least wait until the game has finished before castigating the players."

The fans probably would, Tom, but it appears that they were responding to your request for their views on the first half performance.

It would be a little late to post those responses after the game!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Lisa Bailey[/bold] wrote: As far As I'm aware, there are no points awarded for 'artistic interpratation'. My boys won, I'm happy. (Gentlemen, it's much easier from the stands, with a pint, and a bird's eye view of the game. . . . )[/p][/quote]"...at least wait until the game has finished before castigating the players." The fans probably would, Tom, but it appears that they were responding to your request for their views on the first half performance. It would be a little late to post those responses after the game! Tony1952
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7:43am Mon 12 Nov 12

Tony1952 says...

I'm not sure why the posting by Lisa Bailey has been quotedin my reply - it wasn't meant to be!
I'm not sure why the posting by Lisa Bailey has been quotedin my reply - it wasn't meant to be! Tony1952
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9:45am Mon 12 Nov 12

madpaddler23 says...

Well I was quoted as saying pathetic at half time but didn't see anything to get as far as perfect at all in the second half. It was the quality of rugby that I was hoping to see from the whistle to be honest.

Yes they won which is always good but that first half was unacceptable. Great that they sorted it out which bodes well. Oh and the scrums still need sorting
Well I was quoted as saying pathetic at half time but didn't see anything to get as far as perfect at all in the second half. It was the quality of rugby that I was hoping to see from the whistle to be honest. Yes they won which is always good but that first half was unacceptable. Great that they sorted it out which bodes well. Oh and the scrums still need sorting madpaddler23
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7:13pm Mon 12 Nov 12

scribble says...

How odd that requesting the fans view of what was, undoubtedly and unarguably, a dire first half results in Mr Guest 'castigating' supporters for indulging him? Like the warriors rather inconsistent performances, Tom Guests rather slightly more consistent berating of the Worcester "supporters" in his articles and on his twitter is becoming equally tiresome. Perhaps his attention and time could be more objectively spent focusing on the on-field activities of his friends at the club rather than on the inconsequential opinions of those of us who reside off of it?
How odd that requesting the fans view of what was, undoubtedly and unarguably, a dire first half results in Mr Guest 'castigating' supporters for indulging him? Like the warriors rather inconsistent performances, Tom Guests rather slightly more consistent berating of the Worcester "supporters" in his articles and on his twitter is becoming equally tiresome. Perhaps his attention and time could be more objectively spent focusing on the on-field activities of his friends at the club rather than on the inconsequential opinions of those of us who reside off of it? scribble
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