Fiji ace Talei returns for Worcester Warriors

Back row Netani Talei returns to the starting line-up for Worcester Warriors as they prepare for the Guinness Premiership clash with Sale Sharks at Sixways Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


Fiji international Talei replaces Kai Horstmann and will make his first start of the season at Number 8 as Warriors look to return to winning ways in the league.


Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock also makes a change in the front row with hooker Aleki Lutui starting the game and Chris Fortey moving to the bench.


Fly half Joe Carlisle has recovered from a knee injury to make the match squad for the first time this season and is named among the replacements alongside fit again prop Shaun Ruwers.


“We expect a backlash from Sale after the lost to Bath. They will have a few players back and I expect they would have had a rocket from my old friend Kingsley Jones.

 

“He will have impressed on them the need to get back to winning ways,” he said.

“They have a good record at Sixways Stadium and they be coming down here keen to put the record straight after last week.


“Our challenge is to turn that around. We have had a sequence of late in this fixture in that the away team wins so it’s about time we put a stop to that.

 

“We must front up and be more precise than we were against Wasps last weekend to get a result.

 

“I will only criticise my team if they haven’t put the effort in and physicality.

 

“Against Wasps we did that, we made 143 tackles and felt we destroyed their driving maul.

 

“Structurally we were good, but weren’t clinical and precise with the ball in hand, that is what we have got to improve on.

“If we give the same amount of effort, physicality and commitment as we did last weekend then I’m sure we will be in the mix for a positive result.”


Warriors v Sale Sharks


15 Chris Latham, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Miles Benjamin, 10 Willie Walker, 9 Ryan Powell,1 Matt Mullan, 2 Aleki Lutui, 3 Tevita Taumoepeau, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 5 Craig Gillies, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Pat Sanderson (c), 8 Netani Talei


Replacements: 16 Adam Black, 17 Chris Fortey, 18 Shaun Ruwers, 19 Graham Kitchener, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Jonny Arr, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Rico Gear

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