19th Apr, 2018

We’re going on right road – Solomons

Aaron Wise 10th Jan, 2018 Updated: 10th Jan, 2018

WARRIORS chief Alan Solomons has challenged his side to find the right balance between attacking and defending as they look to move forward.

The Worcester director of rugby believes the club are heading in the right direction, having taken at least a point in each of their previous 12 games in the Aviva Premiership, European Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup until Friday’s reverse to Bath.

Solomons echoed the sentiments of former director of rugby Gary Gold who proclaimed the progression was the result of improvements both with and without the ball.

“I’m learning a lot about the players and the squad and I’m happy with the progress we’re making,” said Solomons.

“Everyone is putting in the effort and for me that’s the most important thing.

“We’ve been in a better space over the last seven games and have come out of each one with something. Taking 17 points from those games is a positive so we need to continue in that vain.

“In my view, everything is about balance. We should attack and defend with equal vigour and we did exactly that in the win against Northampton.

“In a game of rugby the odds are both teams are going to have the ball for 50 per cent of the time, but if you can put the same energy into both attack and defence, you’re going to perform well. That’s the key.

“Also, by having a good balance, you’re going to make sure you can utilise the firepower of your backs. It’s in the kicking game as well, it leads to good decisions.”

Solomons said he was pleased with his side’s attacking prowess in recent weeks, but believes Warriors’ defence and kicking game still has more to offer.

“I think our defensive effort can step up and our kicking game can be much better. I know we can defend better,” he added.

“Our kick execution is not where it can be either, we can be more systematic.”

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