HEAD coach Carl Hogg has urged his Worcester Warriors team to be more disciplined ahead of their ‘critical’ home clash against Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.
The former Melrose, Edinburgh and Scotland back row expressed his disappointment after seeing Warriors draw 34-34 with visitors Sale on Saturday, despite leading by 14 points at one stage.
Hogg also said Falcons will be a vital test and stressed his players cannot afford to miss opportunities again.
“I’m very frustrated. We got off to a slow start as Sale came out the blocks firing, but I thought we did well to get ourselves back in the game. We looked a very good side before half time,” said Hogg.
“After the break we extended the lead and had two or three opportunities to put the game to bed which we missed. Ill-discipline gave Sale a foothold back in the game.
“I thought we looked a very dangerous side when we had the ball in hand, but we couldn’t maintain that momentum.
“We should be nailing these home games down so it’s an opportunity missed. It’s always disappointing to see a 14-point lead slip.
“Every game at home is critical and the same applies for Newcastle this Sunday. To be a successful Premiership side you have to win your home games, so we know how vital the Newcastle game is,” he added.
Hogg praised the efforts of youngsters Perry Humphreys and Jamie Shillcock, who between them have scored five tries in three games.
“Jamie was outstanding against Bath and Sale. He looks as if he has time and space on the field which is a real characteristic of a quality player. He’s been a real find for us.
“Whether his future lies at full back, ten or even nine, he’s got great ability.
“Perry has been very industrious and busy too. He takes his opportunities well.”