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Olivier itching for elusive away win at Newcastle

Aaron Wise 26th Apr, 2017

EXPERIENCED centre Wynand Olivier insists it is vital Warriors claim an ‘elusive’ away win against Newcastle Falcons on Friday if they are to push on next season.

The South African admitted there has been an uplifting feeling around the camp since the club secured their Aviva Premiership status with a win against Bath last week, but has urged his teammates to stay focused for Friday’s trip to Kingston Park.

Warriors have not won on the road this season in the Premiership, with their last Premiership win away from Sixways coming in March 2016, but Wynand believes a victory on Friday would boost confidence and momentum ahead of next season.

“We want to finish the season strong with two wins, so hopefully we can get that elusive away win (against Newcastle Falcons),” said the 33-year-old.

“There’s a great mood around camp now and to be honest we weren’t thinking about the game last Sunday (Bristol’s loss to Wasps), as we were just focusing on our own game. Bath was a great challenge, so beating them was brilliant.

“It’s a nice feeling to be safe and staying in the Premiership, but we now have to move upwards as a club and to end the season with two wins would help us to build on that goal.

“We have two winnable games in front of us. Newcastle have had a decent season and it’s always tough playing at Kingston Park. You never know what to expect weather wise and they’re another club on the up.

“If we can get that away win it will give us a lot of confidence ahead of next season, so we’re looking forward the challenge.”

The Springbok hopes to be a part of Warriors’ plans next season.

“There’s a couple of conversations going on regarding my future with the club, so hopefully a decision will be made before the season ends. I’d love to be involved for another season,” he added.

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