EXPLOSIVE winger Josh Adams has admitted the ball is now in his court to cement his place in Warriors’ starting 15 after two sublime solo tries against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Welshman secured a tricky kick forward by Ryan Mills and darted across the whitewash for Warriors’ second of the afternoon, before scoring his side’s third when he showed his maturity with a sensational weaving run through the Tigers defenders.
The pacey winger, who is Warriors’ joint-top scorer this season with six tries across all competitions, is humbled to have been given the chance to play Premiership rugby after having only been promoted from the club’s academy last year.
And with Worcester also juggling between wingers Bryce Heem, Dean Hammond, Perry Humphreys and Tom Howe, Adams wants to continue his impressive form to retain his first-team place.
“I’ve gone from being an academy lad featuring in the A League and getting a few chances in the European competitions, to playing regularly in the Premiership. You have to be happy with that progression,” said the former Llanelli Scarlets winger.
“The competition on the wing is extremely tough. Dean (Hammond) has been running in tries for fun and obviously Perry (Humphreys) is a very good player as well, so I’m happy I’ve featured as often as I have in the Premiership.
“The ball is in my court now. I’ve just got to keep playing well and keep sticking my hand up for selection. Obviously (you make a claim) when you score tries, as a winger it’s part of our game. But you also have to work well in that team shape and ethos, that puts you in pole position to be selected the following week.”
The Swansea-born player admitted his side’s lack of tries in the early part of the season was down to players still ‘clicking into shape’.
“It’s been a weird one really, we don’t go into games saying we’re not going to score tries, but I think players are starting to click into the shape of our patterns of play a bit better now,” he said.
“We’re a very dangerous team when everything comes together.”