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Niall Annett: Last week’s heartbreak can spur Worcester Warriors on

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Hooker Niall Annett has called on his Worcester Warriors teammates to reproduce last week’s performance at home to Bath Rugby – but this time get over the finishing line and earn the all-important win against Sale Sharks.

Worcester’s only two victories in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season were at home to Northampton Saints in round one and at home to Newcastle in round one.

Last week against Bath they were narrowly edged out 16-14 as they looked set to end their unwanted Aviva Premiership Rugby losing sequence.

And with teams around them at the foot of the table winning last weekend, Annett knows it’s now time to turn performances into results.  

“We were pretty pleased with the game but obviously it was disappointing not to get a result,” he said. 

“We played some decent rugby in the first half and should have gone on to win.

“But it did not work out. We can be proud of how we played. We are very close to getting it right.

“It’s very tight down at the bottom of the table but that’s the way it’s going to be from now until the end of the season. All the teams will be picking up points.

“But in all honesty, we are concentrating on ourselves as individuals and as a team. We don’t tend to look at the table. “It’s about our own preparation week-in-week-out. We know how close we are, we just need to keep scrapping and fighting.”

Annett revealed the mood in the camp has been unaffected by recent results and there is a strong belief they will start picking up wins in the weeks ahead.

Sale will arrive in Worcester full of confidence having downed high-flying Exeter Chiefs last weekend but Annett insists the form of the visitors will have no bearing on how the Warriors approach the game.   

“There’s a strong belief in the team,” he added. “It’s perhaps taken us a bit of time as we’re a young side but Dean Ryan has been bringing in players to strengthen the team.

“We have looked at the game from the weekend and have worked on areas where we felt improvements needed to be made. The coaches have made it nice and simple. Each game is a different game.

“No one is going to hand us a win, we have to make sure we work for it and earn it.

“Wasps win over Saracens may have been a surprise to some people but not us. When we played them earlier in the season they did well to battle back and come away with the win.

“But we felt as if we did not really do ourselves justice in that match. We were close to them, and it shows that we are not far away this season.”
 

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