13th Dec, 2017

Pennell: We must learn incredibly quickly from first block of Prem games

Aaron Wise 12th Oct, 2017

EXPERIENCED full-back Chris Pennell believes Warriors must learn ‘incredibly quickly’ over the two-week European break if they are to turn their Premiership fortunes around.

Warriors start their European Challenge Cup campaign this Saturday against Brive at Sixways on the back of losing all six of their Premiership fixtures in the first block of games.

Defeats to Newcastle, Wasps, Exeter, Gloucester, Saracens and Bath have left the club bottom of the Premiership standings with one point.

Worcester-born Pennell has been frustrated with the amount of opportunities his side have wasted in those games, but believes they will become more clinical if they stick to the basics.

“There’s obviously a lot of disappointment but we need to be realistic with where we are. The challenge is to raise our game. We’ll always back ourselves, but we need to be more clinical and take our opportunities,” said the England international.

“The tops sides don’t make errors and take their chances. It’s easy to talk about but not so easy to put into place.

“But going forward, if we take those opportunities, I think we’ll be in a much better place. We have to learn incredibly quickly (from this first block of games) and put pressure on ourselves as players to go out and take those chances.

“We’ve created a lot of opportunities (this season) so there’s no reason why we can’t do the same (going forward) and if we’re more clinical we’re confident we’ll start coming away with wins.

“The frustration is the amount of effort going in and no reward for it, but we’ll stick to the basics. We believe in the processes we’re working through 100 per cent.

“It’s difficult in times like this when you’re not getting the rewards in terms of wins and league points, but as long as we stick at it the wins will come. We just need to make sure we maintain that belief,” he added.

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