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Schonert: Worcester Warriors must be clinical

After their flying start to the Aviva Premiership Rugby season, Worcester Warriors are without a win since November 7 but Nick Schonert is not about to panic.

Dean Ryan’s newly-promoted side took the competition by storm with an opening-weekend win against Northampton Saints, before running Gloucester Rugby close and beating Newcastle Falcons.

However, league defeats at the hands of Saracens and Leicester Tigers were followed in the last fortnight by back-to-back European losses against Gloucester.

There is little doubt ambitions are high at Sixways, extending well beyond simply staying in Aviva Premiership Rugby for next season.

And South African prop Schonert admits a win would be welcome sooner rather than later, whether that arrives at Bath Rugby this weekend or not.

“Of course a win is going to make us feel a lot better,” said the 24-year-old.

“You want to win so badly but we must remember that the games we have lost, we have played well and they have been close. Maybe it is just that we need to make better decisions around the field.

“We never go into any game expecting to win or lose. Of course we go in there wanting to win but it is a Premiership game and both sides are able to beat each other. It is just the side that is more clinical on the day.”

The last two weeks have further frustrated Worcester, who lost 34-22 to the Cherry & Whites on home soil before slipping to a 27-13 defeat in the reverse fixture.

That leaves them at the foot of their European Rugby Challenge Cup pool with just two games left to play but Schonert is eager not to dwell on those results.

He added: “Everyone is very competitive and we played really well but things didn’t really work out.

“I thought the guys who did play did really well and it was nice to see some of the younger lads play well and perform. It helps the environment at the club to create more competition.

“All we wanted last season was to be in the Premiership so every game is such a blessing and we just want to play well.”

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