Warriors name unchanged side for Saracens decider

12:07pm Friday 2nd May 2014

DEAN Ryan names the same starting line-up in back-to-back games for the first time this season ahead of Warriors' must-win game against Saracens at Allianz Park tomorrow (3pm).

Vice-captain Chris Pennell, who was recently nominated for Aviva Premiership player-of-the-season, is set to make his 125th appearance for the club.

The full-back features alongside Ryan Lamb, David Lemi, Andy Symons, Alex Grove and Josh Drauniniu in the backline, with Jonny Arr at scrum-half.

The front-row sees Ofa Fainga'anuku partner Agustin Creevy and Euan Murray with James Percival and Mariano Galarza in the second-row.

Mike Williams maintains his role at blindside flanker next to Sam Betty and skipper Jonathan Thomas.

Director of rugby Ryan said: "There are some strange things happening at the end of the season.

"Saracens produced probably the best club performance I've ever seen against Clermont last weekend, so we don't quite know what happens next.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens this weekend. All we can do is control ourselves and prepare as well as we have done in the last two or three months.

"If other things change and we have a bit of a sniff of staying up we will fight like mad to make the most of it.

"We'll have to face up to whatever team they show. I'm not going to go into the game thinking that we're relegated and we haven't got a prayer. Because we believe we do have a chance and we will not give up.”

Warriors: Pennell; Drauniniu, Grove, Symons, Lemi; Lamb, Arr; Fainga'anuku, Creevy, Murray, Percival, Galarza, Williams, Betty, Thomas. Replacements: Shervington, Andrew, O'Donnell, Taulava, de Carpentier, Hodgson, Warwick, Fatiaki.

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