21st Mar, 2019

Gold: Welford Road trip 'an exciting challenge to make history'

Aaron Wise 23rd Nov, 2017 Updated: 24th Nov, 2017

WARRIORS director of rugby Gary Gold has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground ahead of the club’s Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Worcester picked up their first Premiership win of the season last Saturday with a 30-15 victory over Northampton Saints at Sixways, to move off the foot of the Premiership table. They have eight points – one point above basement-side London Irish.

But Gold has called on his side to back up their impressive show against Saints with another strong showing against Leicester on Saturday.

The Sixways side have not won on the road in the Premiership since the 21-15 victory over Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop in March, 2015.

In fact, Warriors travel to Welford Road on Saturday looking to get their first win in 15 attempts at the historic ground, which dates back to 1895.

The Worcester chief believes his side will only pick up their maiden win in 112 years of visiting Leicester if they remain calm and stay focused on the task at hand.

“Yes, we managed to get a win but there’s still a long way to go. The big challenge now is to not get carried away with ourselves,” said Gold. “We know the history of us not winning on the road. It’s been too long.

“I’m concerned we need to back this (Northampton win) up with another performance, which we haven’t done for a while.

“From my point of view and the coaches’ point of view, our message about keeping our feet on the ground has got to be echoed really strongly now with the Welford Road trip around the corner.

“I like stats like that (Warriors never having won at Welford Road), it’s always something you can look to change. It’s an exciting new challenge to make history. That’s why we play the game. You want to be leaving milestones.”

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