WARRIORS director of rugby Gary Gold has urged his side not to be complacent when they host Sale Sharks at Sixways in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
The Worcester chief praised the club’s coaching staff for sticking to their tasks during ‘tough times’, with the Sixways side snapping a seven game losing streak in the league with back-to-back wins against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.
But Gold echoed the club must not rest on their laurels when they take on a Sharks side that sit six points clear and just one place above them in the Premiership standings.
Worcester’s defence, which has shipped 32 tries across nine Premiership games this season, is still a major concern to Gold.
“I’m obviously delighted for the group of players and the club. During some pretty tough times the coaching staff have really stuck to their tasks and I’m really proud of what they’ve achieved,” said Gold.
“But we’ll keep our feet firmly on the ground. It’s only two games, we lost the first seven. We don’t want to be complacent, we just want to keep improving and working hard.
“A week is an eternity in rugby and if we don’t stay humble and work hard we’ll get beaten by Sale on Friday.
“It’s (defence) something we’re working on. Concerned is an understatement. We leaked 70 odd tries last year so it’s about getting the balance right.
“I probably went overboard at the beginning of the season (on defence), so it was really good to have Alan Solomons come in and recalibrate the fact that we’ve got some great backs and we want to score tries. From there the energy grew.
“There’s still areas of our game that are concerning so there’s still lots to work on, but hopefully we’ll continue to make good strides.”