6:00am Tuesday 18th March 2014
WARRIORS skipper Jonathan Thomas insists it is not time to hit the panic button and play high-risk rugby.
While Worcester are in a dire predicament at the foot of the Aviva Premiership table, winless in 16 league matches and 11 points adrift of nearest rivals Newcastle, Thomas says his side must stick to their game-plan.
But the ex-Welsh international feels the arrival of mercurial fly-half Ryan Lamb will, by his very nature, inject new-found invention and creativity into the Sixways side ahead of Friday's crunch clash with Wasps (7.45pm).
Thomas said: “You always need that element of structure but, with Lamby coming in, he provides you with that natural expression through the things he can come up with.
“You don’t need to go gung-ho and start chucking the ball about because Lamby is a naturally creative player.
“When we have played at our worst this season, it has been when we haven’t stuck to our structure, so we do need that.
“However, the likes of Dai Lemi and Lamby can provide that expression within the structure.”
Instinctive play-maker Lamb agrees with his captain, but will hope to use his natural flair to help turn things around for Warriors.
He added: “I spoke to Dean (Ryan) at length before I came in and he doesn’t want me to try to create something from nothing, but to stick to the systems they have put in place.
“Everyone knows where they are in the game, so you don’t want confusion. Obviously, I have an instinct that I like to play and something might come out of that, but it’s been a case of playing to the system so far.”
Meanwhile, Worcester will host the prestigious Sedbergh Super Tens tournament this month.
The tournament sees some of the top rugby schools in the country competing at Sixways.
It is the first time it has been held away from the Cumbrian school since it began in 1997.
Warriors director of rugby Ryan has close links with the school, holding coaching sessions there during summer camps.
Ryan said: “I am delighted the Sedbergh Super Tens will be held at Sixways and look forward to watching some of the best up-and-coming players in action. Hosting this competition will allow us to grow our relationships with the top rugby schools in the country.”
The tournament on Sunday, March 30, and Monday, March 31, will involve 12 teams and the semis and final are set to be played on the main stadium pitch.
It is an opportunity for youngsters to impress Warriors coaches, as 15 of the best players will be invited to an academy training camp during the Easter holidays.
Local schools can go and watch with more information available from academy manager Mark Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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