Worcester Warriors full-back Josh Adams believes his side’s discipline let them down in their 24-14 loss to Northampton Saints and believes his side are prepared for their showdown with Bristol Rugby in round 17 of Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Adams scored an early try at Franklin’s Gardens to put the Warriors ahead but lamented their indiscipline as his side travelled back to Worcester empty-handed.
Warriors host an in-form Bristol Rugby outfit who sit just two points below them after the West Country side downed Bath Rugby 12-11 thanks largely to the boot of Welshman Gavin Henson.
But Adams believes the home support at Sixways will play a part in the crucial clash as both sides look to push up the table.
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“It is a sort of cup final for both teams. Having the home advantage at Sixways will be good, it is a sell-out already and the fans are going to be louder than they have been all season so it will be a cracking atmosphere,” said Adams.
“After this game there are still six to play, so win or lose against Bristol it is still all to play for but if we get the win we give ourselves a little bit of breathing space.
“There is no way we can write off Bristol even if we win, we just need to keep picking up points on the way to the end of the season.”
Adams recognises the threats Bristol pose after their dramatic win over West Country rivals Bath which was their first league win since New Year’s Day.
And the full-back earmarked wingers David Lemi and Tom Varndell – who broke the Aviva Premiership Rugby try-scoring record in round 14 – as the West Country side’s main attacking threats.
“It was a fantastic result for Bristol and it will give them huge confidence,” he added.
“Bristol are a quality side and we have to respect that, they are very physical and they play some good rugby so we need to front up physically.
“We have to be on our mettle out wide because they have some lethal finishers in Lemi and Varndell.
“It is a massive challenge and a real squad effort, everyone is buying into it to make sure we are prepared and the last few games at Sixways, the crowd have been fantastic and have really pushed us over the line in big games.
“There is a lot to look forward to but also a lot to work on.”
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