23rd Feb, 2017

Gold left emotional after Warriors' courageous victory

Aaron Wise 15th Feb, 2017

WARRIORS Director of Rugby Gary Gold admitted his team’s successful game plan against reigning Premiership and European champions Saracens wasn’t ‘scientific’, but simply showed ‘fight and courage’.

Maintaining his 100 per cent record and securing the Sixways outfit’s first back-to-back victories this season, the new Worcester chief confessed to feeling emotional after the 24-18 scalp.

But Gold insisted the players must keep their feet on the ground if they are to put in a similar fighting ‘onslaught’ against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

“I’ve been here a short period of time, so I’m really proud of the players,” said Gold

“I’ve had to take in a lot of information, but the task was simple against Saracens, we just had to show we had the fight.

“I would’ve been prepared to lose that match to what I think was an outstanding Saracens team, purely because of the fight we showed. It’s difficult not to feel emotional after a performance like that.

“We now have a foundation to work on. We made a lot of mistakes and let Saracens back into the game, but it all came down to courage and we showed that throughout. When I arrived here I said I wanted every Warriors fan to know these players care, and that was evident.

“It wasn’t just about the result, it was also about the manner in which we played. We knew if we didn’t pitch up we would get a good hiding.

“Being 11th in the Premiership and running low on confidence, the game plan was to avoid anything flash to minimise risk and exert as much pressure on Saracens as possible.

“It wasn’t a scientific game plan. Our defence has been poor, so we had to tighten it up. It’s getting better but we’ve got a long way to go.

“The result proves to the guys they can do it, but going into the Exeter game they now have to keep their feet on the ground.

“We know what a great team Exeter are, so we’re going to have to somehow find it in ourselves to create another onslaught on Saturday.”

Warriors’ clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sixways kicks off at 3pm.