Pride and professionalism key for Warriors

PRODUCING a professional performance is top of the agenda for Warriors when they take on Spanish side Gernika at Sixways on Saturday.

With their Amlin Challenge Cup fate effectively already sealed due to their inferior head-to-head record against French Top 14 outfit Perpignan, who play Rovigo tonight, Worcester are playing for pride.

Having thrashed Gernika 85-5 in the Basque country in October, victory seems inevitable but it will be the manner of it that will come under scrutiny.

Forwards coach Nigel Redman is expecting an improvement across the full 80 minutes following the 80-17 crushing of Rovigo in Italy last weekend.

He said: “One of the areas we weren’t happy with was a lack of accuracy, which probably came about because the guys were very keen to do well and they hadn’t played for a while.

“The big focus this week is to improve on accuracy, particularly of the pass and running line, and understanding the roles they adopt in our attacking game. We’re looking to step up against Gernika.

“It’s important we play a disciplined game by showing that we’re professional and have an intent to play and get in the right positions to do that.

“Then we need to attack and defend with accuracy because it’s easy to get pulled out of shape by some of these teams. It’s important we pay them respect and remain disciplined.

“Performance on Saturday is everything to us. We’ve made that a target. It’s more about how we play the game as much as how many tries we score and it’s important we go about it in a professional and disciplined way.”

Meanwhile, Worcester scrum-half Shaun Perry has returned to training following more than three months out with a knee injury.

The former England number nine has undergone surgery but is not expected to be back in first-team action any time soon.

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