13th Nov, 2019

Arr has faith in Lamb partnership

Worcester Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

SCRUM half Jonny Arr believes it is only a matter of time before he and fly half Ryan Lamb are clicking at the heart of Worcester Warriors’ attacking play.

The duo started Warriors’ last two league games which suggested they are director of rugby Dean Ryan’s first choice pairing at half back.

But their performances have been far from convincing and it has led many supporters to call for scrum half Charlie Mulchrone and fly half Ignacio Mieres to replace them in the starting-line up.

Speaking after Warriors’ win at Yorkshire Carnegie, Arr admitted he and Lamb had not been at their best, but he insisted they just needed more game time together to prove themselves.

“With Lamby coming in last year, I had a chance to build a relationship then and hopefully we have taken that into this season,” Arr said.

“But while we are at Christmas, I have only played with him a few times, so we may take a bit of more time before we are where we want to be. But I am sure it is going to come.”

Having made more than 150 appearances for Warriors, Arr has played alongside a number of fly halves, including former England international Andy Goode.

But the 26-year-old firmly believes Lamb, who joined Worcester from Leicester Tigers last year, is one of the best he has played with and is confident his team-mate has what it takes to steer Warriors back to the Aviva Premiership.

“Lamby is hugely experienced and that shows on the field,” Arr added.

“He knows the game inside out and knows the game plan really well, which makes my job easier and allows me to focus on getting my basics right.

“Andy (Goode) and Lamby are a bit different weight-wise, but in many ways I think they are quite similar. They have both got an attacking mindset and they like to take their opportunities when they are there.

“Lamby is great with the boot and we can really rely on him to knock over penalties and stick us in the right areas and when opportunities come we are confident he will make the right decision which is all you can ask for.”

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