BOSS Steve Diamond insisted poor starts to both halves proved to be decisive for Worcester as his side were well beaten by a clinical Saracens side at Sixways.

Whilst disappointed with that aspect of their game, Diamond was encouraged by the fight showed.

"Disappointed with the first 10/15 minutes of the first-half and similar the second half," he said.

"We gave them easy opportunities and they took them and then it was a case of trying to climb back into it and we weren't able to do it.

"We said at half-time, we started the game 20 minute sin but we couldn't continue that momentum.

"They scored a few soft tries early doors in the second half but I am proud of their performance to stick at it.

"But it is one of those things.

"We are finally coming to the elephants graveyard and we have one more game to go in the league but they now have ten days off.

"We have told them to come back in good condition and let's have a real good crack at the cup final and see where we go from there."

Worcester now have a five-week wait for their final game of the Gallagher Premiership season, where they will face Bath in a 'loser finishes bottom' clash at Sixways.

But Diamond is not too worried about how that result goes and is more focussed on a performance.

"It doesn't worry me at all to be honest," he said when asked if he was fussed about finishing bottom of the league.

"I am after performances and what we will see in that last game is most of the people who are staying here and where we will do that, that'll be the case.

"And then we will rebuild."