JACKSON Willison admits his partnership with England star Ben Te’o has yet to flourish for Worcester Warriors.

The two centres will link up in midfield for Warriors’ visit to Kingsholm to face Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow night (7.45pm).

With Wynand Olivier still nursing a hamstring injury Willison and Te’o have teamed up for Warriors’ last three games.

But the duo have struggled to make a big impact as Worcester have suffered defeats to Newcastle Falcons (35-8), Wasps (24-10) and Exeter Chiefs (41-10).

“I think it’s ongoing,” Willison said.

“Unfortunately Benny has had to go off a couple of times in those first couple of games.

“But I think we are getting better and better. We are also getting guys back from injury now so there’s a bit of heat from behind to start pushing us to play well.”

After Olivier pulled up in the warm-up at Newcastle, Te’o was handed the 13 shirt with Willison starting at inside centre.

But against Wasps and Chiefs Te’o has moved to 12 where he shone for the British and Irish Lions this summer.

“I must admit there is not much difference (between the two positions),” Willison said.

“If you look at the way we play, Benny and I change now and then so the positions are getting more similar these days.

“There is a bit more running at 13 so the fitness levels have had to go up a bit.

“It is always nice to be able to link up with Benny but we are getting a few guys back from injury now so hopefully there is going to be a bit more consistency throughout that backline.”

Warriors were a major threat going forward last season, scoring 56 tries.

But they have yet to fire this term, crossing the whitewash on three occasions.

“Not only Benny and I but the back three, wingers and full-back need to start putting in more of a shift and taking pressure off the forwards,” the 29-year-old added.

“Confidence is a bit down but we know how many tries we scored last season and we know how good we are.

“I think we have got the backline to score tries.

“We are prepared to defend for 80 minutes if we really have to but ultimately it leaves you a bit short on energy by the time you come to attack.

“It’s very important we go down (to Gloucester) with the right attitude. We are very confident and will give it a good go and hopefully come away with some kind of positive result.”