Ruddock counting the cost of defeat

Worcester Warriors have been left counting the cost of last night’s 22-17 Amlin Challenge Cup defeat to Montpellier which could have cost them five players.

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock is now sweating over the availability of Matt Mullan, Marcel Garvey, Dale Rasmussen, Graham Kitchener and Shaun Ruwers who all appear to have serious injuries.

The loss and the injuries will come as a big blow for Worcester as they were enjoying a strong start to the Guinness Premiership campaign which has seen the Warriors finish the first five Premiership matches in sixth place.

Loose-head Prop Mullan, who is also an England Saxon was stretchered off with a hamstring injury which should rule him out of contention for the autumn internationals while Garvey, Rasmussen, Kitchener and Ruwers are all looking at long lay-offs.

Ruddock explained: “We suffered some nasty injuries – it was an expensive night, not just in terms of not getting the result and not performing.”

“Matt Mullan’s hamstring injury looks quite serious.” he told the Worcester News.

“There is the potential that it could have ripped away from the bone and the attachment, I’m hoping that is not the case but it looks a serious injury.

” At minimum, I would have thought we are looking at six weeks.

“Until we get the result of a scan on it, it is difficult to say the timescales are. But the medics are usual pretty spot on and they say it is serious.”

“We will know more after the scan, but I would say he was a major worry for any autumn rugby internationals.

Another injury concern in Garvey who has been sent for X-rays. “Marcel has done his hand and could have a fracture, we have sent him off for an X-ray but that is a major worry for us. ” Ruddock added.

“Dale has a grade one tear of the medial ligament in his knee – it’s not the knee that he had taped up, it is the other one.

“Graham got dropped out of a line-out and landed on his shoulder so his AC joint is very sore, to say the least.”

“There is a huge worry there and we will get that checked out.

“Shaun ripped off a tendon on the bottom of his toe – that looks like a 12-week lay-off initially. A freak accident and I don’t think our medical boys have seen one of those on a forward.

“All those things disrupt us, but we are not going to hide behind that as an excuse. We just didn’t perform as we could have done. We went away from our game plan and let them feed off our mistakes, we never really put them under pressure to ask the questions of them we wanted to.”

A turning point in the match came when Joe Carlisle threw a over-ambitious pass that was easily picked off by Florian Nicot for a converted try which put the game out of Worcester’s reach but Ruddock refused to blame Carlisle.

“I think Joe will reflect on that pass and wonder if it was the right option, given that we didn’t really have numbers in attack.”

“We weren’t smart – we tried to play too much rugby in the wrong parts of the field and turned the ball over and put pressure on ourselves. “

“The intercept try really typified our night.”

The Welshman Ruddock still remains positive and believes that his team can still reach the knock-out stages.

He said: “We have made it hard for ourselves, what we have got to do now is go out there and win the rest of the games, it’s pretty simple.

“It’s a tough pool with Connacht, who won’t lie down. “

“We have made the job a lot harder, but nothing is impossible, it is just we now have to do it a slightly harder way.”

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