19th Mar, 2019

VIDEO: Ryan hails Heem after try-scoring debut

Worcester Editorial 9th Nov, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

DIRECTOR of rugby Dean Ryan believes the addition of Bryce Heem has made Worcester Warriors a ‘dangerous’ side in the Aviva Premiership.

The 26-year-old wing marked his debut with a try as Worcester Warriors produced an impressive first half display to beat Newcastle Falcons 28-20 at Sixways.

Heem also played a key role in Chris Pennell’s opening score when he carved open the visitors’ defence and Ryan said his side must take advantage of his talents.

“I think Bryce Heem looked great every time he touched the ball,” Ryan said. “But because we shrunk in the second half we did not get him enough of the type of ball we wanted him to get.

“When we get things right, we are a dangerous side. A lot of people haven’t done their research if they don’t know about Bryce and Cooper (Vuna).

“We have also got Andy Symons and Wynand (Olivier) to come back into the mix, so we look a good side that are dangerous.

“Bryce looks like a dangerous runner. He is a big man, good in the air and you can lose sight of how fast he is moving as he glides, so we are just really excited.”

Ryan admitted he was also impressive with how his pack performed, but he did not believe they got their rewards.

“I don’t think there was a penalty at scrum today whereas we were pinged off the park and yellow carded for scrums (at Gloucester),” he said.

“I felt we were dominant all day, but I don’t think we got any reward for it. I don’t understand when in one game you get nine or ten penalties and then none the next.

“That would have helped our platform, because we never got the reward there that would have allowed us field position.”

However, Ryan said he was disappointed his side failed to kick on in the second half after claiming the bonus point in the first 40 minutes.

“I think our form in the first half showed how dangerous we could be, but I think we shrank a bit in the second half,” Ryan said.

“We were just counting down the clock which is an illustration of this group not being used to being in a position where they are that dominant in the half and they can’t kick on.

“I am pleased with ten points after four games, but we are a little bit frustrated because we could have been much better.”

 

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