Saracens 44 Worcester Warriors 20

Worcester News: Saracens 44 Worcester Warriors 20 Saracens 44 Worcester Warriors 20

FOR too long now, Warriors have been forced to rely on a disparate bunch of past-it players with no real connection to the club, affinity to the city or any great desire to see the famous Gold n Blue colours hoisted to new heights.

That has to change before Warriors can change as a club. When there is once more pride throughout the squad in pulling on a Worcester jersey, then – and only then – can the club’s exciting new journey begin in earnest.

Although everyone was rooting for Warriors to pull off the ‘great escape’ in the closing weeks of the season, part of me feels it is probably better that they have gone down.

The Premiership is an unforgiving environment and one that in which it is very difficult to build a whole new club ethos from the bottom up.

Director of rugby Dean Ryan has made some exciting signings for next season and Warriors’ focus will very much be on the promotion and development of their talented youngsters.

Therefore, surely these bright young things will be able to thrive in a slightly less pressurised situation.

Added to that, Warriors should be winning week in, week out in the second tier and victories – albeit at a lower level – will naturally help to rebuild the fragile confidence in a squad that has been battered from pillar to post this season.

All self-respecting professional rugby players want to test themselves against the best and at the highest level but, with time, that will be the case for Worcester once again – hopefully after just one season away.

In the meantime, trips to the likes of Cornish Pirates, Moseley, Bedford, Rotherham and Jersey will go a long way to establishing the kind of values Ryan wants to instil throughout his squad.

When all is said and done and the dust settles on the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership season, Warriors can have no complaints about their fate.

Along the way there have been defeats snatched from the jaws of victories, bounces of balls not going their way and even criticisms of referees’ decisions, but as we approach the final weekend of the league season the table does not lie.

One win from 21 outings is the bottom line and, however they want to dress up the reasons for that statistic at Sixways, the truth is they have not been good enough to compete at this level.

The side has started to make progress under Ryan’s guidance, but is it fair for him to lay the blame for Worcester’s demotion solely at the feet of his predecessor?

Ryan regularly goes on record to say how poor the squad and infrastructure he inherited when taking the hot-seat.

Indeed, Richard Hill’s decision to basically disband the Sixways academy was short-sighted in the extreme.

However, despite all of Ryan’s explanations and excuses, he was only able to lead his side to one victory in 21 games this season so far.

In pretty much any other sport, a coach in charge of a team with such a record would have been out on his ear.

Luckily for Ryan, he was obviously very persuasive in selling his long-term vision for the club to the Sixways powers-that-be. Now is the time for him to start delivering on his promise.

Man of the match: Chris Pennell – no-one did more to try to keep Worcester in the Premiership and does not deserve to be relegated.

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8:38am Mon 5 May 14

man16 says...

Mr Guest

Are you using your journalistic tactics to create feedback or are you saying that Dean Ryan as well as a proportion of the squad were not up to the job?

Can you name a coach, football or rugby, who has publicly said he won't take a job because a squad is inadequate?
Mr Guest Are you using your journalistic tactics to create feedback or are you saying that Dean Ryan as well as a proportion of the squad were not up to the job? Can you name a coach, football or rugby, who has publicly said he won't take a job because a squad is inadequate? man16
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10:42am Mon 5 May 14

zx12r says...

Until the situation between the amateurs & the professional club are sorted out, the tail will still wag the dog & the club will never move forward.
Until the situation between the amateurs & the professional club are sorted out, the tail will still wag the dog & the club will never move forward. zx12r
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3:03pm Mon 5 May 14

The Exile 22 says...

I don't think that the article is wrong, apart from the bit that assumes we will win every week in the championship. I think that it will be tougher than that. It is not all Richard Hills fault as he was backed in the decisions that he made. But I agree we need young hungry rugby players who want to play for the Warriors, not guys looking to extend their careers for another couple of years and not caring who they play for.
I don't think that the article is wrong, apart from the bit that assumes we will win every week in the championship. I think that it will be tougher than that. It is not all Richard Hills fault as he was backed in the decisions that he made. But I agree we need young hungry rugby players who want to play for the Warriors, not guys looking to extend their careers for another couple of years and not caring who they play for. The Exile 22
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12:16am Wed 7 May 14

WS1991 says...

The players need to fight for a club which is proud of its heritage and where it has come from. You are also bang on in saying they need more connection with the city. How many of our players live in worcester? I'd guess very few, they all seem to live in Cheltenham. Bring back the three pears so they can physically see the badge that represents the people they are playing for every time they pull the shirt on. The current badge represents nobody. All it represents corporate greed and has no soul, no heritage, no history and no Connection to the city or club that they play for whatsoever.
The players need to fight for a club which is proud of its heritage and where it has come from. You are also bang on in saying they need more connection with the city. How many of our players live in worcester? I'd guess very few, they all seem to live in Cheltenham. Bring back the three pears so they can physically see the badge that represents the people they are playing for every time they pull the shirt on. The current badge represents nobody. All it represents corporate greed and has no soul, no heritage, no history and no Connection to the city or club that they play for whatsoever. WS1991
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10:01am Wed 7 May 14

stevoe says...

Ryan isn't, and never has been, a unifier.

Expect more woe next season and more Deano excuses.
Ryan isn't, and never has been, a unifier. Expect more woe next season and more Deano excuses. stevoe
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3:39pm Wed 7 May 14

bigrat says...

Wholeheartedly agree with this article.
Players don’t have to come from the City, but when they arrive they have to try and build a relationship with the fans. We have had many non Worcester players over the years that have built great relationships with the fans, Sammy T being the most noteable (what a great advert when he took his Sale team mates down to the Mount Pleasant pub) but many more beside.
The affinity with the fans at a club like ours is vital. We can’t be “the 16th man” if we have no rapport or bond with the players. After they have showered and changed how many walk around the ground after the match to chat with the fans to get to the hospitality events in the East Stand rather than walk directly across the pitch? Not many this season - in fact can’t think of any. We saw more of the opposition outside the Scrum Club than we did Worcester players. Says it all really.
Wholeheartedly agree with this article. Players don’t have to come from the City, but when they arrive they have to try and build a relationship with the fans. We have had many non Worcester players over the years that have built great relationships with the fans, Sammy T being the most noteable (what a great advert when he took his Sale team mates down to the Mount Pleasant pub) but many more beside. The affinity with the fans at a club like ours is vital. We can’t be “the 16th man” if we have no rapport or bond with the players. After they have showered and changed how many walk around the ground after the match to chat with the fans to get to the hospitality events in the East Stand rather than walk directly across the pitch? Not many this season - in fact can’t think of any. We saw more of the opposition outside the Scrum Club than we did Worcester players. Says it all really. bigrat
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8:19pm Wed 7 May 14

Wakefieldlass says...

I don't particularly know much about the Warriors but I do know that there are players who come from Worcester, worked their way through the academy, live in Worcester and wear the badge with pride. Namely Jake Abbot who I knew when he was at 6th former when his dream was to play for the Warriors and Jonny Arr. They are and remain loyal to Worcester, they put their hearts and souls into achieving what they have. So despite all the negatives, i will remain loyal to them and the Warriors.
I don't particularly know much about the Warriors but I do know that there are players who come from Worcester, worked their way through the academy, live in Worcester and wear the badge with pride. Namely Jake Abbot who I knew when he was at 6th former when his dream was to play for the Warriors and Jonny Arr. They are and remain loyal to Worcester, they put their hearts and souls into achieving what they have. So despite all the negatives, i will remain loyal to them and the Warriors. Wakefieldlass
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8:25pm Wed 7 May 14

Wakefieldlass says...

PS. Maybe they need a women on the board of the warriors, to add some perspective instead of the old boys club that currently sit on there patting each other on the back so it's more like a mutual appreciation society.... Vote for me, I'd kick some **** and represent the City with passion not for Ego.
PS. Maybe they need a women on the board of the warriors, to add some perspective instead of the old boys club that currently sit on there patting each other on the back so it's more like a mutual appreciation society.... Vote for me, I'd kick some **** and represent the City with passion not for Ego. Wakefieldlass
  • Score: -1

4:18am Thu 8 May 14

Wobbly Warrior says...

The problem is Dean Ryan. He never accepts responsibility. He takes the huge salary though. He is the master of underachievement and meaningless rubbish. He says measures have been put in place to 'ensure' this never happens again. What utter tosh who else would make such a meaningless and hollow boast.
The problem is Dean Ryan. He never accepts responsibility. He takes the huge salary though. He is the master of underachievement and meaningless rubbish. He says measures have been put in place to 'ensure' this never happens again. What utter tosh who else would make such a meaningless and hollow boast. Wobbly Warrior
  • Score: 1
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