DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Ryan blamed his players’ ‘naivety’ for Worcester Warriors’ 52-30 defeat to Midlands rivals Wasps on Saturday.
With the scores tied at 10-10, Warriors were in a good position at the half hour mark, but two converted tries just before the break turned the match.
Wasps then kicked on with tries from Christian Wade, Simon McIntyre, Rob Miller and Josh Bassett to claim an emphatic victory at Sixways.
Ryan said he was pleased with his players’ effort, but he insisted they will need to cut out silly mistakes to survive in the top flight.
“That’s the first time we have played and there are a number of things we can do better,” he said.
“I am really pleased with the effort, but there are concerns around line-out and a little bit of concern about naivety in our own half.
“You can just see at this level that if you make a mistake, it is probably going to cost you seven points.”
But Ryan said it was a good experience for his players to face a side who he believes will be pushing for a top four finish in the Aviva Premiership.
“I think people watching that can see a really positive Worcester side,” he added. “I think we showed high energy for that first 15-20 minutes and if we had held field position I think we would have posed some problems.
“But the fact of the matter is we didn’t and we have just got to learn from that.
“We are going to have some rough days in the Premiership because of quality and no less than what Wasps have got. That is a sharp Wasps side that is probably going to be building towards that top four this year.
“It gave us a real insight into how we can operate against that, but at the same time at half time we didn’t feel we were under massive pressure.
“I would say that in that first half outside of the driving line-out try we gave them the other two, so that is pretty easy to solve and we have got to get more comfortable at dealing with that.”