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Honest Warriors aim to remedy late show woes
THE Worcester Warriors players have been ‘brutal’ with each other in the wake of throwing away victory for the second time this season, according to centre Alex Grove.
The Sixways side lost their opening Aviva Premiership game of the campaign at home to Bath by conceding a penalty that Olly Barkley slotted with the final kick of the match and it was deja-vu against Gloucester on Saturday when Freddie Burns kicked three points at the death to snatch a draw.
Scotland international Grove insists Warriors will not accept this profligacy and revealed their have been several frank exchanges of views among the squad this week.
He said: “There’s been a lot of honest meetings since Saturday.
“Players have been brutal with each other when we’re reviewing games and there's no hiding place for anyone.
“You can’t pass the buck. Players are taking ownership for their mistakes and that’s important. That is the only way we're going to move forward.
“It’s not about waiting for luck. it’s about driving each other day in, day out in training.
“If you work hard in training you’ll get the rewards at the weekend.
“It’s only a matter of time before we’re the ones winning matches with the last kick of the game.
“It’s the four points we want, not two for drawing or a bonus point for losing. We've got to go a step further and close these games out.”
Grove added: “It’s important that fans have the same belief as the players do. It’s great to share every win with supporters and we value their support when things aren’t going so well.
“It’s a great place to play rugby and we want to fill the stadium every time we play.
“The fans are frustrated but we urge them to stick with us, show the same faith they always do and we'll do everything we can to deliver the results.”