WORCESTER Warriors will have a plan to “eliminate” the threat of “massive” Northampton Saints wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, according to experienced lock Anton Bresler.

Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing 19st 5lb the powerhouse back caused havoc when the two sides last met as he scored in a 38-10 thrashing in May.

Warriors will come up against Naiyaravoro again today (2pm) when they visit Franklin’s Gardens in the Gallagher Premiership.

Bresler admits Naiyaravoro is “extremely quick” and “hard to bring down” but is confident Warriors’ backs will be able to reduce his impact on the match.

“I am a lock so he is quite far away from me on the field but there are ways to expose those sorts of players and keep them out of the game,” Bresler said.

“I am sure the backs have spoken about ways to eliminate what he has to offer.

“I am pretty sure they have worked on those things.

“He is just a massive human that is extremely quick and hard to bring down.

“You have to just try to not let him get the ball in his hands and if he does you need to put loads of pressure on him.”

However Bresler, 31, insists Warriors cannot afford to focus all their attention on Naiyaravoro as he believes Saints have a young side that can “produce some magic”. Northampton are without Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, South Africa scrum-half Cobus Reinach and the England trio of centre Piers Francis, lock Courtney Lawes and back-rower Lewis Ludlam due to the Rugby World Cup.

But Chris Boyd’s side kicked off the league season with a shock victory at reigning champions Saracens last weekend.

“Even without their big names they have a strong pack and can be very unpredictable at times with their backs chucking the ball around,” Bresler said.

“They can produce some magic.

“Naiyaravoro is one threat but they have a youthful backline that loves playing and has a spark about them.

“I think any one of those boys is a threat and their strong pack is a threat too.

“Every player has to do their analysis and do what it takes to not only stop them but get on top of them.”

Bresler also believes Sam Vesty’s coaching techniques have rubbed off on Saints’ players since leaving Warriors to become the club’s attack coach in 2018.

“Of course he has (made an impact),” Bresler said.

“When Sam was here he was great.

“He has learned a lot working under their new management and added quite a lot to them too.”