LOCK Will Spencer admits his teammates need to be mentally switched on if they are to beat a ‘big, physical and direct’ Harlequins side in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Sixways on Saturday.
The giant 6ft 7ins second row, who has made six appearances this season in his debut campaign for Warriors, believes Harlequins will prove a tough test for the Sixways outfit, but insists the club can beat anyone on their day.
Worcester currently sit in third place in Pool C of the tournament on five points, just one point off group leaders Ospreys.
“I hope I’m involved this weekend (against Harlequins) as I want to play in every game, especially as I missed a large part of the season through injury,” said the former Bath lock.
“Quins can be very big, physical and direct, and at the same time play some awesome rugby. They can throw the ball around and have some really talented players. We know they can be a threat, so we have to be mentally switched on more than anything.
“Whatever team they put out against us, they’ll be a good side. I think it’ll be a close contest. They’ve won their first two games in the competition so they’re going at it and taking it seriously. It’s going to be tough.
“But we’ve got an opportunity against Harlequins and Cardiff to make it three wins on the bounce, which would springboard us back into the Premiership with momentum.
“We need to push on in the Premiership and nail survival. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed with where we are in the table. It was never the ambition before the start of the season to be in a relegation scrap, but that’s where we are.
“We’ve had problems with injuries but that’s not an excuse. We just need to make sure we finish the way we know we can. This is a really talented squad full of good players.
“We know we can beat anyone on our day so we just need to believe in ourselves now and kick on,” he added.