WARRIORS director of rugby Gary Gold believes bonus points will play a critical part in Warriors’ bid for Aviva Premiership survival.
Speaking before Friday’s 18-14 reverse at the hands of Sale Sharkes, the Worcester chief said he was fully aware of the threats basement side London Irish possess.
And despire the six-point gap his side has opened up with two wins from their last three games, Gold said he was confident the Reading-based outfit would still create a few surprises as the Premiership unfolds.
The South African has therefore urged his side to secure every point possible as itcould make the difference on who avoids the drop come the end of the season.
“In the 2011/12 Premiership season Newcastle got relegated and Wasps had a very difficult run. Both teams won six games that year, but Wasps claimed nine bonus points as opposed to Newcastle’s four. That made the difference on who went down,” said Gold.
“So bonus points are absolutely critical. Whether you get them by losing within seven points or by scoring four tries, it goes a long way in building confidence. So they’re something we have to strive for.
“I definitely think there could still be a surprise (with who gets relegated). It’s a very good London Irish team that have been playing some outstanding rugby and they should not have lost to Bath. They would’ve been gutted to give a 12-point lead away against Wasps too.
“They’re in the same position as us. They have a great bunch of players and there will still be a lot of positivity around their training ground. When they start to win they could potentially go on a run.
“This Premiership is far from over.”