26th May, 2019

Warriors aim to bow out in style

Correspondent 15th May, 2019

THE CURTAIN comes down on Worcester Warriors’ season this weekend as Sixways hosts the final Gallagher Premiership clash of the season when Saracens come to town.

Warriors will be looking to end the season on a high against the European champions who themselves will be seeking success ahead of the Premiership play-offs later this month.

Warriors claimed a 27-20 derby day win against Gloucester in front of a packed stadium last time out to make it two home wins in a row after a five-try showing against Sale Sharks in April.

It is now 11 home wins for the season in all first team competitions and Warriors have a chance to claim the second highest points total in the club’s top flight history with a win over the men from the capital.

Director of rugby Alan Solomons hailed Saturday’s opponents as a ‘fantastic side who have established themselves as the best in Europe’.

“I thought their defence against Leinster was incredible and the way they managed the game was terrific. They also won the Premiership Rugby Shield on Monday so they have got fantastic strength in depth and they are a really powerful club,” he said.

The Warriors chief hinted long-serving Jonny Arr would play some part in the game as the one-club man brings the curtain down on more than two decades of service.

“He has been a terrific servant for the club. He’s played more than 200 games for Warriors.

“He came to professional rugby straight from school and he has played all his career here. He’s been here when things have gone well and at times when things perhaps have not gone quite so well. He’s a good club man and he’s given a lot to Warriors.”

South African star Wynand Olivier will hang up his boots after Saturday and Solomons said: “Wynand draws the curtain on a stellar career. He has won a World Cup, he’s won Super Rugby titles, he’s played all over the world, he’s played for the Barbarians and all that is coming to an end.

“Let me assure you we will do things properly on Saturday for every player who is leaving us.”

Solomons revealed Perry Humphreys, Nick Schonert and Gareth Milasinovich would be OK for Saturday’s clash which kicks off at 4pm.

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