Ryan Mills admits he’s never been involved in a game like last week’s loss to Wasps but is desperate for Worcester Warriors to finish the season on a high.
Christian Wade scored six tries at Sixways in the 54-35 success, but Worcester’s recent form has already secured their Aviva Premiership Rugby survival.
As a promoted side, Mills explained that was the first priority for the season, but after a number of narrow losses earlier in the season, there is a feeling within the squad about what might have been.
He said: “The Wasps game showed us what can happen if you’re not quite on it, which was the case in the first half.
“Something wasn’t quite there and they made us pay for it. We stepped it up in the second half and there were lots of positives with the way we came back, but it’s just disappointing that we’d let the game get away from us.
“It’s been a positive season though, to have stayed up. As a team coming up that’s what you aim for, but we could have been in a much better position.
“When you look back at some of the games we lost, against Bath, Gloucester, Leicester even. If we’d won even one or two of them, we could be up pushing for seventh or sixth.
“So there is some frustration there, but that’s the sort of thing that comes with experience.”
With a weekend of European action, Mills is taking advantage of a break to get away with some of his teammates ahead of the run-in.
And while in terms of league position, the Warriors have less to play for than some of their Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals, Mills wants them to prove a point in their final two matches against Leicester Tigers and Saracens.
He added: “We have to stick to our core values for the last two games.
“We have to prove that what we’ve been doing is working, but also we need to make sure we play as if we were playing for survival.
“It’s more difficult when you’ve already done that, but we need to play with that same intensity.
“We want to build into next season and really improve for the new campaign.
“From a personal point of view it’s been a good season. I have played a lot of rugby and stayed fit. I’m really enjoying my time here, and it’s been a good season for all the young guys.”
Watch England's finest at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May from only £30 for adults & £15 for children. Click here for tickets