Brain brave ahead of final day

Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby John Brain has beaten the drum ahead of his team’s crucial final day encounter at home to Saracens, which the Warriors must win to ensure Guinness Premiership safety.

Northampton currently occupy bottom spot, a point behind the Warriors, but have arguably the easier final day tie at home to London Irish. Saracens need a win to be in with a chance of a home Premiership play-off semi-final, while the Exiles will be playing for pride only.

A win for the Saints, and anything less than a win for Worcester will see the Warriors go back down to National Division One where they came from three years ago.

Bonus points will not come into the equation unless there is an outlandish result – Northampton would have to beat London Irish by 35 points more than Worcester beat Saracens by if bonus points were to be a factor. Or lose by 35 points less…

“We thoroughly expect Northampton to win their last game at home to London Irish,” admitted Brain to the BBC.

“But I believe if we win and they win, we are going to stay up.”

“There was always a nagging feeling in the back of your mind it was going to come down to this.”

The general feeling after Worcester’s 26-16 defeat to London Irish on Sunday was that the Warriors had missed a glorious chance to make safety there and then, losing a game they could easi;ly have won after the Saints had fallen to Wasps

“There’s not much point talking about the game we just played against Irish,” said Brain.

“Irish had far more ball and territory than we did, and control of the ball is key in warm conditions. Defending takes more out of you than attacking.

“We didn’t control possession, and if you spend more time attacking than defending, then you are going to be fresher.

“We have just got to focus on playing well in the Saracens game and winning that match.”

365 Digital

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