Worcester battling Premiership relegation

Worcester Warriors’ winless league run which has stretched to seven games has them in the firing line of Guinness Premiership relegation.

Their most recent defeat was at home against Northampton and they went down 26-6.


That loss coupled with wins for both Bath and Leeds have Worcester sitting just four points above bottom place.

Leeds feel that another win will help them to avoid relegation but Worcester will not be giving up without a fight.

“It’s going to be tough,” Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

“The defeat by Northampton was a body blow. We’re hurt and disappointed.”

So far this season Worcester have three draws, two wins and six losses.

The three draws were however their most recent results going into last weeks defeats and Ruddock said that the team were in a positive frame of mind.

“We were confident, even though Northampton were riding high.”

“We thought we’d done our homework and we were buzzing.”

Warriors now go to Kingsholm for Saturday’s local derby with Gloucester where they will be looking to drag the Cherry and Whites into the relegation battle.

After being beaten at Bath on Sunday, Gloucester remain in eighth place, just two points and two places ahead of Worcester.

And Ruddock admits: “We have to shake ourselves down and go to Gloucester and get it right.

“People wrote us off when we went there last year, but we won.

“It’s going to be twice as hard this year as they will remember that.

“The element of surprise may have gone, but that’s what we have to try and do.”

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