EXPLOSIVE winger Dean Hammond has insisted Warriors will start climbing the table ahead of the Sixways side’s return to Aviva Premiership action this weekend.
Warriors host Northampton Saints at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 1pm) as Gary Gold’s men bid to earn their first victory of the campaign.
Hammond scored a hat-trick in the club’s 45-37 defeat to Harlequins in an Anglo-Welsh Cup thriller at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday and believes the squad are overflowing with confidence after running in 12 tries away to Quins in the Anglo-Welsh and Premiership, in the space of just 15 days.
The 25-year-old South African opened the scoring for Worcester before Tim Visser and Mat Luamanu replied for Harlequins, and despite a sublime Max Stelling try, the hosts added two more before the break through Harry Sloan and James Chisholm following a yellow card for Warriors’ Simon Kerrod.
The visitors hit back early in the second period through Hammond, but Dino Lamb and James Lang stretched Quins’ advantage before Ben Howard and Alofa Alofa exchanged scores.
Darren Barry then went over and Hammond crossed for his hat-trick to seal a bonus point.
Hammond, who has scored six tries across all competitions this season – just two off last year, is confident Warriors’ attacking prowess in the Anglo-Welsh Cup will now carry over into the Premiership.
“The way we played against Harlequins (in the Anglo-Welsh) and the way we played them (in the Premiership) a fortnight ago, it’s a spitting image in terms of how many tries we scored,” said the winger.
“So we feel like we can climb the league, especially with our attacking ability. Confidence is high.
“We feel there’s an ability to get a win wherever we are, home or away. We’ll take it week by week and keep improving. We”ll certainly start climbing,” he added.
Hammond, who is currently Warriors’ top try scorer this season, praised his teammates for his prolific form.
“Credit to the guys for creating the opportunities for me to finish the tries off. I haven’t been counting (how many tries I’ve scored), but I’m pretty happy,” he added.
“It’s always nice to get as much game time as you can, as we’ve got a few good wingers here. They’ve got so much attacking and finishing ability, so I’m just thankful to pull on the jersey whenever I can.”