Percival targets second win boost for Warriors

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SIXWAYS enforcer James Percival believes back-to-back cup victories could make a huge difference to the remainder of Warriors’ Aviva Premiership season.

Worcester finally managed their first home win of the campaign with a 20-13 success over Oyonnax in the Amlin Challenge Cup last time out.

Although the game was a dead rubber, the winning feeling gave everyone at Warriors a welcome boost and giant lock Percival is keen to make it a double dose of positivity this weekend.

Dean Ryan’s men are in LV= Cup action at Sale Sharks this afternoon at 2pm.

Percival said: “We had been looking for that win (against Oyonnax), as wins bring teams together.

“It’s up to us to back up last week’s performance by doing the same against Sale today.

“If we can beat them, it would really breathe some more confidence into the side.

“They’ve had the better of us so far this season, but it will be a good test of our attitude this weekend.

“The forwards had a good game against Oyonnax with driving line-outs and the scrum and we managed the game well in tough conditions.

“The mood is really positive now. We saw that game out and managed the pressure so now that can help us have a winning attitude and increase our belief.”

Warriors have spent the week at Browns Sports and Leisure Club in Portugal for some warm-weather training and Percival believes the trip has been a real benefit.

He added: “We’ve had to train on the artificial turf recently and it affects the forwards as we don’t have the opportunity to do some things which we would like to when playing on grass.

“Despite that, I thought the pack did well against Oyonnax last weekend and hopefully we can take that forward.

“We’ve been able to train on good surfaces in good conditions in Portugal and we have pushed ourselves hard like a mini pre-season this week.

“There was a lot of attention to fitness and our condition.”

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