SCOTLAND international David Denton has blasted Warriors’ performances as ‘not good enough’ this season and has urged his teammates to come out the blocks firing against Saracens on Friday night at Sixways (kick-off 7.45pm).
The giant back row, who made his first Premiership appearance for the club against Gloucester from the bench following an ankle injury, believes it was four points lost in the 24-19 defeat to their M5 rivals and refuses to be called a ‘gallant loser’.
Following their clash with reigning European champions Sarries, Warriors travel to The Rec to take on Bath before entering the European break and Denton, who joined Warriors from Bath in the summer, insists the club cannot afford to enter Europe with a sole point.
“It was four points lost (against Gloucester). We kept giving ourselves too much to do and to be honest we should’ve won it at the end. It was within our grasp,” said the 27-year-old.
“There’s absolutely no doubt we played very well in the second half and genuinely competed like a team that can compete against a lot of the teams in this competition, but it’s not good enough. We aspire to be better than that. We’re not here to be gallant losers; we’d rather play badly and win.
“At the end of the day we’re in the business of winning and it’s about time we as a club take that next step.
“We’ve started slow in every game this season and have given ourselves so much to do.
“We need to come out the blocks firing against Saracens. They won’t underestimate us so we have to be prepared for a big battle.
“It’s such an important match as we can’t afford to go into the European break with one point.”