20th May, 2019

Hill: Warriors in confident mood

Correspondent 20th Feb, 2019

YOUNG flanker Ted Hill has vowed Worcester Warriors will ‘take something’ from the 47-33 defeat to Harlequins as Sixways gets set to stage Gallagher Premiership rugby for the first time in six weeks.

Leicester Tigers will be the visitors to Sixways on Sunday (1pm) in Warriors’ first home Premiership match since their last-gasp victory over Bath on January 5 when Bryce Heem’s second try in the 19th minute of added time clinched a dramatic fourth league win of the season.

Since then Warriors booked their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

They returned to Premiership action by securing a try bonus point in a high-scoring defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop and now turn their attention to Leicester.

“If we are to climb the table we need to put some performances together where we come away with points,” said Hill.

“We are in a positive place and we are a team that will take something from the Harlequins match. we will learn from it and we will come back stronger.”

Warriors will be seeking a third win of the season over Leicester after a thrilling 44-37 win at Welford Road in September and a 31-12 win back there in the Premiership Rugby Cup in November.

Alan Solomons’ men salvaged a valuable try bonus point from Saturday’s 12-try extravaganza which drew them five points clear of Gallagher Premiership basement club Newcastle Falcons.

The point was Warriors’ first in an away Premiership match since they beat Tigers at Welford Road in September and could yet prove significant at the end of the season.

It was reward for perseverance in adversity after Harlequins scored the first of their seven tries after just 50 seconds and had the bonus point wrapped up before the break.

Tries from Heem, Josh Adams, Michael Heaney – who clinched the bonus point when he crossed for his first try for the club – and Tom Howe, in his first Premiership appearance of the season, capped a better Warriors second half but it could not mask the disappointment of the first 40 minutes.

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