Worcester Warriors facing an uphill battle

RICHARD HILL: Is hoping Perpignan slip up.

RICHARD HILL: Is hoping Perpignan slip up.

First published in Sport

RICHARD Hill vowed his Warriors would continue to fight for a place in the last eight of the Amlin Challenge Cup after a narrow defeat at Perpignan.

Worcester produced an impressive display in the hostile and partisan surroundings of Stade Aime Giral to claim a losing bonus point.

The result leaves Warriors and Perpignan locked at the top of Pool Two on 15 points but with the French team narrowly in the driving seat.

If two teams finish on the same number of points, top spot will be firstly decided by who has earned the most number of match points from the two matches.

Currently, Worcester and Perpignan have four points each.

After that, the team that has scored the most tries in the two matches go top and Perpignan lead 3-1.

“We are going to have to hope that Bizkaia Gernika or Rovigo play well enough against Perpignan to deny them a try bonus point,” admitted Hill. “It’s not in our hands now. if Perpignan beat the other teams with a try bonus point then they will go through.

“However, strange things can happen and maybe Rovigo or Gernika will do enough against Perpignan.

“We have just got to look after ourselves in our two remaining games, make sure we get the bonus point and do all we can do to get the maximum 10 points and see where we end up.”

Meanwhile, Hill revealed he was confident the injury suffered by captain Dean Schofield was not too serious after he limped off on the half-hour mark with an ankle problem.

“Dean is not too bad. He couldn’t put any weight on his ankle, but I don't think it is too serious,” said Hill. “It was a very bruising game, a huge amount of effort and the lads are quite sore, but in a funny way I think they have taken a step forward today.

“To come here and play like we did, it's a huge confidence boost and we played a lot of rugby and kept the ball in hand.

“I’m disappointed we lost but, to come here and get a bonus point in the manner we did, we have taken a step forward and the group is growing in confidence.”


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