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Wasps win has set us up for derby revenge bid
11:00am Tuesday 3rd January 2012 in Chris Pennell
WE were really pleased with our 6-0 Aviva Premiership win at Adams Park.
It was a shame Wasps were able to take a losing bonus point from the game, but that doesn’t really matter as we are looking ahead and up the table rather than down.
Both teams went into the match looking for a response to their previous defeats.
Wasps were fired up and they were under pressure to perform after their heavy loss at Gloucester.
They came at us very hard for the first 20 minutes and we were forced to do a lot of defending.
But our defence was fantastic and we coped with everything they threw at us.
Ultimately, it was about sticking to our game-plan and pinning them back in their own half.
In difficult conditions, there wasn’t too much rugby played and it was a case of three or four phases before the slippery ball was spilled.
Wasps are going through a tough patch both on and off the field and that takes its toll.
They are a quality side with some extremely talented players, but are being dragged down a little bit.
The gloss was taken off the win by the knee injury suffered by Ezra Taylor early in the game.
We are all completely gutted for him. He had looked really impressive in training since joining us and has been very vocal in helping to get the forwards up for games.
It is a real shame that he won’t be available for a while now, but I’m sure he will come back stronger and fitter.
He is a big lad and carries hard – you saw that in the short time he was on the pitch.
Now it is massively important to back up the four points we gained at Wasps with another win when Gloucester come to Sixways on Saturday.
We let ourselves down in our last home game when we lost 32-13 to Leicester and owe the fans a performance this weekend.
It is really important to keep the momentum going – if we can make it two wins out of three from our Christmas and new year games, I think everybody would be happy with that.
Our next target is catching up and overtaking Bath, who are just ahead of us in ninth place in the league, and a win over Gloucester would go a long way to doing that.
We didn’t do ourselves justice at Kingsholm when we lost 29-8 to Gloucester in the second game of the season – that defeat is still in our minds and we want to set the record straight.
Gloucester are coming into this weekend’s game in good form, while we are improving too.
It is a local derby and hopefully we will be able to run out in front of a huge home crowd.
Talking of our supporters, I thought those who travelled to Adams Park were superb.
We could hear the Worcester fans singing and chanting in all parts of the ground and it seemed like a home game.
We are really appreciative of our travelling support and were pleased they could make the journey back up to Worcester in good spirits.