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Will Spencer: Strength in depth gives Worcester Warriors confidence

Worcester Warriors don’t want to rely on their replacements bench to get them out of trouble but lock Will Spencer insists the starting XV take comfort from knowing how much strength in depth they have on the sidelines.

The Warriors have picked up bonus points in losing efforts at both Wasps and Sale Sharks in their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, which could be crucial as they continue to battle Bristol Rugby at the bottom of the table.

The replacements bench has been particularly influential, with prop Biyi Alo scoring in consecutive games late on – ensuring they did not leave empty handed from both away games.

And Spencer admits that, even though they need to improve from the get-go and put in a more rounded 80-minute display, it fills the squad with confidence.

“When you are on the pitch and you see the guys who are coming with 15 minutes to go, you always know they are going to being something,” he said.

“Biyi Alo in the front row has been immense off the bench and has scored a couple of important bonus-point tries because his ball carrying around the park is awesome.

“All the guys who come off the bench can up the tempo and it gives you a huge amount of confidence knowing they are there.”

This weekend Worcester Warriors host Bath Rugby, a side back on top form after leaving it late to see off historic rivals Leicester Tigers in The Clash at Twickenham.

And Spencer knows they need to tighten up after their 36-26 loss at Sale if they are going to have any chance of denting Bath’ top-four ambitions.

“We were disappointed with the result and elements of the performance. We felt, as good a side as Sale are, we gifted them a lot of opportunities and points very cheaply,” he added.

“Looking back on the game, we did well to score four tries and it is good to get a bonus point but the feeling is of vast disappointment and a missed opportunity.

“The bench for us in the last few weeks have made a big difference in those last ten or 15 minutes but we don’t want to be picking up bonus points.

“But with where we are in the league and with Bristol chipping away, we need to pick points up so we are very happy with that.”

Bath boast a number of internationals, with Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph particularly prominent in their win at Twickenham and present a major threat to Worcester at Sixways.

“I watched The Clash and Bath played very well. I still have a lot of friends from my time down there and they have got an exceptional rugby team with internationals across the board,” Spencer said.

“It is going to be a massive challenge for us but it is one we are looking forward to. They will be taking it very seriously as they are in a big fight with Leicester Tigers.

“I think they will come down here very focused and at full strength, so we are under no illusions of the task at hand but we are quietly confident ourselves.”

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