Repeat performances will lead to league victory - Dean Ryan

Repeat performances will lead to league victory - Dean Ryan

Repeat performances will lead to league victory - Dean Ryan

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DEAN Ryan believes Worcester Warriors can end their season-long wait for an Aviva Premiership victory if they replicate the efforts shown against Northampton and Leicester.

Warriors' bid to avoid relegation sees them take on Sale Sharks at Sixways on Saturday (2pm) looking to end a run of 14 consecutive top-flight defeats this season.

Although Worcester failed to get off the mark in their last two fixtures, they picked up a losing bonus point against Tigers and stayed in touch with league leaders Saints until captain Jonathan Thomas was sent off.

Director of rugby Ryan said: "I've been pleased with the two games against Leicester and Northampton. This is an opportunity to put in another shift and if it's at the level it's been over the last two weeks, we might get something from it.

"Home games and consistency of performance are crucial to us. Do we start targeting games so that we're fresh?

"I thought the damage of going to Northampton and getting beaten badly would be too hard to recover from, but I think we're getting some unity around the group from being able to produce.

"If we can do it again, we'll cause problems for Sale because we've proven we can do it against the top sides."

This will be the fifth meeting between the teams this season following two matches in the Amlin Challenge Cup and one each in the Premiership and LV= Cup with Worcester losing all of them.

"Sale are a tough side to beat, we've played them in everything this season," Ryan added. "The first game we played against them was probably our worst, it showed how dysfunctional we were at that stage.

"We hope the energy we've had in the last few weeks comes back again and we can give them a rattle here and see what happens."

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12:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mrwrighty says...

League victory is a strange way of putting it as there is no chance of that. Relegation is almost certain now unless the championship winners cannot be promoted.
League victory is a strange way of putting it as there is no chance of that. Relegation is almost certain now unless the championship winners cannot be promoted. mrwrighty
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3:32pm Wed 19 Feb 14

zx12r says...

They are coming to take him away Ha Ha, they are coming to take im away.
They are coming to take him away Ha Ha, they are coming to take im away. zx12r
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4:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

welshpricey says...

If you read the comments he didn't say "Premier" league, the WN said that. He just said league. He must be preparing himself for next season when we're n the Championship!!!!!
If you read the comments he didn't say "Premier" league, the WN said that. He just said league. He must be preparing himself for next season when we're n the Championship!!!!! welshpricey
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4:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

If we win, it wil be a Premiership/league victory, i.e. a victory in the Premiership/league, as opposed to one in the Amlin or Anglo-Welsh.
If we win, it wil be a Premiership/league victory, i.e. a victory in the Premiership/league, as opposed to one in the Amlin or Anglo-Welsh. Brummagem Bertie
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5:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

zx12r says...

Good old Bertie, loyal to the end. I still expect the men in whte coats will have to move in if he makes any more silly statements like this.
Good old Bertie, loyal to the end. I still expect the men in whte coats will have to move in if he makes any more silly statements like this. zx12r
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6:29pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

Nothing to do with loyalty, just English!
Nothing to do with loyalty, just English! Brummagem Bertie
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