20th Mar, 2019

Cox laments below-par display

Correspondent 6th Mar, 2019

WARRIORS back row forward Matt Cox admitted the Sixways side share the frustration of their supporters after Sunday’s 17-6 defeat at Gallagher Premiership bottom club Newcastle Falcons.

Cox came on as a replacement midway through the second half after Marco Mama suffered a head injury and, despite a hardworking and committed performance, he was unable to inspire Warriors to just their second away league win of the season.

Warriors’ players and supporters made the long trip home without a bonus point as consolation from a frustrating afternoon in the wind and rain.

The disappointing performance came 24 hours after Bristol Bears beat Gloucester 28-24 and the win, together with Warriors’ defeat, relegates Alan Solomons’ men back to 11th place ahead of the visit of leaders Exeter Chiefs to Sixways on Saturday (3pm).

“A lot of it was down to our errors so there a lot of things that we can correct ourselves,” Cox said.

“The lads were looking forward to this game but it didn’t go to our plan.”

All the points in an error-riddled contest came in the first half and this time there was no second half fightback from Warriors against committed opponents.

All Warriors had to show from an error-ridden display were two first half penalties from fly-half Duncan Weir and all the second half pressure was not enough to secure the consolation of a losing bonus point.

The scoreline might have been worse as Newcastle had two tries disallowed in the first half but the result was just as painful for Warriors who saw Newcastle close the gap at the bottom to five points.

“We want to be looking up the table and chasing things and going for our ambitions,” Cox said.

“This club has higher expectations and ambitions and we want to be aiming for them, not dealing with 80 minutes when things don’t go our way. We will go back review what we have done and try to put it right.

“It was a frustrating afternoon and it’s a massive shame for the fans who travelled up to support us. It would have been great to send those people back with a win,” he added.

The visit of the Chiefs could also see Chris Pennell start his 150th Premiership game for the club and reach 400 points in a Warriors shirt on what will be the club legend’s testimonial day.

Visit www.chrispennell.co.uk or e-mail info@chrispennell.co.uk for more.

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