We’ve got to turn the season around now

Worcester News: ALEX GROVE: Committed his future to playing for the Worcester Warriors alongside Chris Pennell. ALEX GROVE: Committed his future to playing for the Worcester Warriors alongside Chris Pennell.

ONE thing that is not in doubt at Warriors is the team spirit that exists among the players.

Although I didn’t travel to Biarritz, I watched the match on the television and I felt the lads did really well.

The preparation was far from ideal — living off coffees and trying to sleep on the floors of airports — but what was amazing about the way they played was the resolve they showed in such circumstances.

It’s probably an indication of the team spirit of the group that we could face a challenge like that but still front-up in the game.

Considering where we are in the Aviva Premiership, we’ve always had a togetherness and we work as hard as anyone to try and turn the results around so the squad is upbeat.

We know within the group that we’re better than our league position suggests but we’ve got to start showing that to the rest of the league and to our fans. We’ve got to prove that and try and turn this season around.

If you look back over the past few weeks, our performances have improved immeasurably.

Defensively, we are now a tight unit and in attack we have got good shape and I think we are really starting to gel as a team.

We dominated Biarritz in the two games but we lost both and it’s concerning that we can’t nail a result down.

It’s something that will come with improvement and we’ve just got to keep working hard and try and take those chances.

Everyone is looking forward to the Gloucester game on Sunday. Kingsholm, in front of a passionate crowd, is a great place to play rugby. As a player, you want to play in big occasions and there’s none bigger than that fixture.

If we focus on performance and getting our bit right then the outcome will be a victory but we can’t get ahead of ourselves, we haven’t won a game yet and we know that we’ve got to work incredibly hard if we want to win.

Elsewhere, it was fantastic to see Alex Grove join Chris Pennell in committing his future to the club.

They are intelligent players and can see what the potential is at Sixways, especially under Dean Ryan’s leadership.

Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture and while there’s understandably a lot of doom and gloom with sections of the media and fans, the fact that they have re-signed is an indication of how much faith they have in the current regime and the way the club are headed.

It’s reassuring for the Warriors fans.

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12:09pm Thu 19 Dec 13

welshpricey says...

More sensationalist rubbish. I appreciate that there is a lot of work going into game play, fitness and all relevant attributes but this is just not being brought to fruition on the pitch. How on earth can we say that we are tight in defence when we leak 18 points, unanswered, in twenty minutes, against 14 men?? That does not reflect a tight defence. As for the small disruption in getting to the game, the team are supposed to be highly trained athletes and I find it hardtop believe that a bit of a rough journey can turn their ability on it's head.

As for the previous several years there is something fundamentally wrong t our club. You cannot change the coaching tea and players that many times (and have had some top quality coaches) and still be scratching at the bottom on the prem every year. Look at the constants throughout that time and you will find the problem. Then you can remove it.

As loyal fans for several years we deserve more respect from the players and the coaches instead of this tross we get fed every week after anther loss. You aren't the ones paying to come and watch, what is frankly, second rate rugby.
More sensationalist rubbish. I appreciate that there is a lot of work going into game play, fitness and all relevant attributes but this is just not being brought to fruition on the pitch. How on earth can we say that we are tight in defence when we leak 18 points, unanswered, in twenty minutes, against 14 men?? That does not reflect a tight defence. As for the small disruption in getting to the game, the team are supposed to be highly trained athletes and I find it hardtop believe that a bit of a rough journey can turn their ability on it's head. As for the previous several years there is something fundamentally wrong t our club. You cannot change the coaching tea and players that many times (and have had some top quality coaches) and still be scratching at the bottom on the prem every year. Look at the constants throughout that time and you will find the problem. Then you can remove it. As loyal fans for several years we deserve more respect from the players and the coaches instead of this tross we get fed every week after anther loss. You aren't the ones paying to come and watch, what is frankly, second rate rugby. welshpricey

12:28pm Thu 19 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Could not have said it better myself welshpricey, but do watch out for the brickbats that will come from the deluded, they can do no wrong brigade.
Could not have said it better myself welshpricey, but do watch out for the brickbats that will come from the deluded, they can do no wrong brigade. zx12r

1:01pm Thu 19 Dec 13

welshpricey says...

Well if they wish to live in denial then good luck to them. I, for one and now it seems two, am fed up with all this namby pamby rubbish that everyone seems to be afraid of telling the club some painful home truths. Well the reason your gates are rubbish this season is so is the rugby. Turn that round and you might start coaxing the fans back. Fans will not pay Premiership prices for Championship rugby.
Well if they wish to live in denial then good luck to them. I, for one and now it seems two, am fed up with all this namby pamby rubbish that everyone seems to be afraid of telling the club some painful home truths. Well the reason your gates are rubbish this season is so is the rugby. Turn that round and you might start coaxing the fans back. Fans will not pay Premiership prices for Championship rugby. welshpricey

4:09pm Thu 19 Dec 13

WS1991 says...

Agree with you welsh pricey, there is something very, very wrong deep in the roots of the club.
Agree with you welsh pricey, there is something very, very wrong deep in the roots of the club. WS1991

4:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Don't worry welshpricey, there are one or three of us that speak our mind on this forum, so your not alone in what might come flying back at you. I've copped it for a few seasons now, don't worry me one bit.
Don't worry welshpricey, there are one or three of us that speak our mind on this forum, so your not alone in what might come flying back at you. I've copped it for a few seasons now, don't worry me one bit. zx12r

9:25pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

welshpricey wrote:
More sensationalist rubbish. I appreciate that there is a lot of work going into game play, fitness and all relevant attributes but this is just not being brought to fruition on the pitch. How on earth can we say that we are tight in defence when we leak 18 points, unanswered, in twenty minutes, against 14 men?? That does not reflect a tight defence. As for the small disruption in getting to the game, the team are supposed to be highly trained athletes and I find it hardtop believe that a bit of a rough journey can turn their ability on it's head.

As for the previous several years there is something fundamentally wrong t our club. You cannot change the coaching tea and players that many times (and have had some top quality coaches) and still be scratching at the bottom on the prem every year. Look at the constants throughout that time and you will find the problem. Then you can remove it.

As loyal fans for several years we deserve more respect from the players and the coaches instead of this tross we get fed every week after anther loss. You aren't the ones paying to come and watch, what is frankly, second rate rugby.
Well, Ryan has done exactly what you have advocated. He has said that there is a fundamental problem at the club, which has never been addressed since before we were first promoted, and that Warriors will not progress until it is fixed, so you and he are in agreement.

What I find odd, even illogical, is the idea that something that is fundamentally wrong and has existed for years can be fixed in a couple of months. It's going to take a lot longer than that.
[quote][p][bold]welshpricey[/bold] wrote: More sensationalist rubbish. I appreciate that there is a lot of work going into game play, fitness and all relevant attributes but this is just not being brought to fruition on the pitch. How on earth can we say that we are tight in defence when we leak 18 points, unanswered, in twenty minutes, against 14 men?? That does not reflect a tight defence. As for the small disruption in getting to the game, the team are supposed to be highly trained athletes and I find it hardtop believe that a bit of a rough journey can turn their ability on it's head. As for the previous several years there is something fundamentally wrong t our club. You cannot change the coaching tea and players that many times (and have had some top quality coaches) and still be scratching at the bottom on the prem every year. Look at the constants throughout that time and you will find the problem. Then you can remove it. As loyal fans for several years we deserve more respect from the players and the coaches instead of this tross we get fed every week after anther loss. You aren't the ones paying to come and watch, what is frankly, second rate rugby.[/p][/quote]Well, Ryan has done exactly what you have advocated. He has said that there is a fundamental problem at the club, which has never been addressed since before we were first promoted, and that Warriors will not progress until it is fixed, so you and he are in agreement. What I find odd, even illogical, is the idea that something that is fundamentally wrong and has existed for years can be fixed in a couple of months. It's going to take a lot longer than that. Brummagem Bertie

9:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

zx12r says...

Well done Brummie, 3 weeks late on this one. I think I would give up if I was you.
Well done Brummie, 3 weeks late on this one. I think I would give up if I was you. zx12r

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