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Worcester Warriors assistant head coach calls for them to finish Euro campaign in style
8:00am Monday 14th January 2013 in Sport
NIGEL Redman has called on Worcester Warriors to finish the European pool stages on a high against Bizkaia Gernika on Saturday at Sixways.
Warriors rattled up a convincing 80-17 victory on Italian soil over Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo to stay top of Pool Two on points difference over French giants Perpignan.
However, should Worcester and Perpignan both secure bonus-point wins on the final weekend, the Top 14 team will progress to the last eight due to their head-to-head record with Warriors.
Redman admitted the European system of qualification did not rest easy with him and he would rather the team with the best points scoring record progressed.
However, he urged Warriors to focus on their own game and use the clash with the Spaniards to again press for more senior rugby and hone the attacking game.
He said: “What would be really good now is if we look at what Perpignan did against Gernika and aim to do better next week.
“It is important to us that we finish top of the group. Let’s score more points and then we can put it to the competition committee about the way it works.
“Ultimately, I feel it should be about what happens over six games, not about what happens over two and how you do against each other. Like any league, it should come down to points difference or tries scored.”
Redman added: “We scored 12 tries on Saturday and I thought Rovigo were better than last time. Now all we can do is be professional against Gernika and use it on two fronts.
“Firstly, to make sure the players that have been supporting the first-team squad and the extended squad get another really good chance to press their claims.
“We also need to work on our attacking game. It's important when you play sides like Rovigo and Gernika that you give them respect and develop your attacking rugby.”