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Milasinovich hopes to build Warriors’ momentum

Milasinovich hopes to build Warriors’ momentum

Worcester Warriors prop Gareth Milasinovich has urged his side to build momentum in their final two Aviva Premiership Rugby games this season after their stunning victory over Bath Rugby secured their top flight status for another season.

The Warriors defeated semi-final-chasing Bath 25-19 at Sixways which confirmed that they would not finish 12th in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Despite Warriors confirming their status as an Aviva Premiership club in the 2017-18 season, Milasinovich believes his side can make great strides when they travel to the North East to take on Newcastle Falcons.

And the South African prop believes repeating their dogged defensive display could help them turnover the Falcons on their own patch.

“We are very positive after a very good win over Bath at the weekend. It is really positive the boys are quite chuffed, we have a big monkey off our back and there was a lot of pressure on us,” said Milasinovich.

“We should never be in that position but we are really delighted to be in the Aviva Premiership next season.

“It was a huge mark of respect towards us that Bath would choose to kick the points at goal rather than go for the corner.

“It shows how strong our defence at the lineout was and as well in the backs. It was a massive pat on the back for our set piece defence all round.

“We want to build on last week and show that we will be a future top-six side. We want to win our final two games and try and climb a place in the league.”

Milasinovich praised the influence of head coach Gary Gold as well as recently-named British and Irish Lion Ben Te’o to help Worcester turn their season around.

And the prop believes they have been released as an attacking force under Gold.

“Gary Gold has given us a lot of guidance since he has come in with a lot of direction so we are now playing in the right areas and scoring a lot more points,” he said.

“All the boys are really delighted for Ben Te’o making the Lions squad and everyone has gone and given him a pat on the back.

“We had a squad photo with him today with the Lions jersey before we started training. He is the first Worcester Warrior to be named in a Lions squad so we are chuffed for him.

“He is a very good player and a very hard player. He will be a great team mate to have on the British and Irish Lions tour.”

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