17th Oct, 2017

Gold calls for patience after sixth consecutive Premiership defeat

Aaron Wise 11th Oct, 2017

WARRIORS’ 29-13 defeat to Bath at the Recreation Ground on Saturday prompted director of rugby Gary Gold to call for patience as his winless side remain bottom of the Premiership pile after six rounds.

Three first half tries from Jonathan Joseph, Aled Brew and Ben Tapuai saw the West Country outfit take a 19-8 advantage into the break after a Jamie Shillcock penalty and a sublime Dean Hammond try put the visitors on the scoreboard.

Shillcock crossed early in the second half to bring Worcester to within six, but Brew’s second of the afternoon saw Bath extend their lead once again.

Freddie Burns was then red-carded for a tip tackle on Josh Adams, but Warriors could not make the extra man count as a late Josh Lewis penalty confirmed a sixth consecutive Premiership defeat for Worcester.

“Bath are very good at home. I think they’re an outstanding rugby team, but the fact of the matter is we’re not converting chances,” said Gold.

“Confidence is an amazing characteristic, when you’ve got it all you want to do is bottle it and have it in heaps, but when you don’t have it you’re waiting for it to come.

“I don’t personally think we’re putting enough time, attention and energy into getting things we can control right. When we do those things right we’re as good as any team, but we haven’t.

“There’s not enough tries being scored in terms of the chances we’re creating. We do need to manage our game management better and we need to be a better defensive team. We’ve made good strides in that area but nowhere near where we want to be.

“We knew this block of games wasn’t going to be easy, then again we knew the Premiership this year wasn’t going to be easy, but tough times require patience, a cool head and strong leadership. If we can show these going forward the tide will turn,” he added.

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