Though Worcester Warriors are off and running for the season, lock Darren Barry concedes he is not firing on all cylinders just yet.
Barry missed the final Aviva Premiership Rugby match last term with an ankle injury and underwent a shoulder operation during the summer.
He was fit enough though, to start the opening game of the new season against champions, and was back in the boiler room for the weekend’s 23-23 draw with Gloucester Rugby.
But Barry, perhaps his harshest critic, feels he needs to become more effective for Carl Hogg’s team.
“There is room for improvement,” he said.
“I’m disappointed with how I have gone so far.
“I was injured at the tail end of last season and now I need to take each game as it comes.
“I’m fully aware that I need to buck up my ideas or I’m looking at losing my place in the team.”
Worcester led 15-6 against Gloucester at the interval last weekend, but played the final 30 minutes a man light after Alafoti Fa’osiliva was shown a red card and had to settle for a draw.
On Saturday they travel to the Recreation Ground to take on Bath, the scene of a 21-14 defeat last December.
The corresponding fixture at Sixways was also closely fought, Bath eventually edging it 16-14.
But Barry believes Worcester have to trust their trip to Somerset can prove fruitful, especially considering the way they kicked on following a tough loss to Saracens at the London Double Header.
“The mentality we have is there is no reason why we cannot beat Bath,” Barry added.
“We lost both games to them last year, but we were unlucky not to win at Sixways.
“We are under no illusions about how difficult it is going to be, but we are certainly not going down there afraid.
“Against Saracens we let ourselves down. Things didn’t go well and we took a long hard look at ourselves after that game, but I felt we put a lot of things right against Gloucester.
“I felt we deserved a win. So that progression is there just from week one to week two and we hope that can continue against Bath.”