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Sixways head coach Richard Hill calls on fans to stick with Worcester Warriors
AUDIBLE boos rang out from sections of Sixways at the final whistle last Saturday, but head coach Richard Hill insists Warriors fans must keep the faith.
The former England scrum-half, who is under pressure to halt his side’s current run of poor form, admits he wasn’t sure if the cat-calls were aimed at his players or referee Greg Garner.
However, what he will be certain of is that his pack were out-muscled by Northampton Saints as Warriors once again tailed off to defeat in a match where they had competed well for the first 60 minutes.
The Sixways chief said: “I don’t know if the fans were booing the team or the referee at the end, but I can understand their frustrations.
“If this club wants to move on and become a top-six team it has got to change the way it plays and you have to go through some teething processes. It doesn’t come easy — this is a brutal league and there are some very good teams in it.
“To think you can just come and beat a quality side like Northampton is arrogant. You have to realise that these teams are very good and it takes a hell of a lot to beat them.
“I would hope a lot of Worcester supporters would have gone away disappointed with the result, but then actually look back and think there was some outstanding rugby.
“We had a good first-half and for the first 20 minutes of the second-half we played some superb rugby out there. A year ago you wouldn’t have seen Worcester with the same intent and the ability to play 15-man rugby.”
Hill added: “I thought some of the individual performances were outstanding — Errie Claassens, Josh Drauniniu, Jonny Arr and Andy Goode, as well as the forwards who were off-loading a lot, it was a terrific effort.
“We made more line-breaks in that game than I’ve seen us make in many Premiership matches, but we are not finishing them off. We have to keep persevering with that type of rugby, because the players enjoy it and we can’t afford to go back to basics.
“We have to keep playing with that intent and with ball-in-hand — eventually we will learn to finish off those line-breaks we are making.
“I don’t think we’re far off – the hardest thing is to make the line-breaks – we just need to finish them off.
“We got beaten by a power game; we couldn’t deal with Saints’ scrum and line-out, which they did very well.”