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Darren Barry: Artificial Sixways pitch will help Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors lock Darren Barry believes the new artificial pitch at Sixways next year will encourage an exciting brand of rugby from the players.

The Warriors fell to a 50-12 defeat to Exeter Chiefs last weekend but London Irish’s loss against Sale Sharks meant that Worcester are guaranteed not to finish bottom of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Vital wins over Newcastle Falcons and Irish at the bottom of the table have given Worcester a major lift and Barry thinks their new style is already beginning to shine through.

He said: “The artificial pitch is a massive step and it will encourage a certain brand of rugby. We will be playing a good brand of rugby when we have this pitch and I think we will do well.

“We’re moving the right direction; it’s an exciting time to be at the club.

“I think if you look at the last ten games that brand of rugby has come through already, we have real intent with the running style with Chris Pennell and the back three.

“I think this season is the one you have developed our game plan and attacking next year will be a far more educated team so we will hopefully hit the ground running.”

Worcester’s new style will be severely tested over the three remaining games in the Aviva Premiership Rugby season as each team they face is currently in the top four.

Wasps visit Sixways this weekend before the Warriors come up against Leicester Tigers and Saracens looking to put in some strong performances to take into next season.

And one person Barry has highlighted as key to the Warriors finishing well in their final three rounds is Aviva Premiership Rugby player of the month for March, Francois Hougaard.

“I think just his (Hougaard) experience, his knowledge and the way he plays – he’s very aggressive on the pitch,” Barry added.

“His character shines through on the pitch. He’s played in some massive games and I don’t think a lot fazes him, that confidence comes through to the team.”


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