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Preview: Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors

Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller is all too aware of the danger the Worcester Warriors pose, after they snapped a 13-game losing run in all tournaments with a 31-23 win over Sale Sharks at Sixways last Saturday. 

The Warriors must turn their troubles around from away from home as they are just one of two sides to have lost all six games on the road in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season – the other being London Irish.

And the Saints’ only defeat at Franklin’s Gardens in any tournament since early November was 11-24 to Wasps in Round 10.

But Waller and company have not forgotten Worcester’s stunning opening night win over the Saints at Sixways – and the prop admits they have played better than their loss column suggests.

“You saw in the first game of the season at Sixways what they are capable of, they have a great pack and some young backs who can play,” Waller said.

“It’s going to be a tough test. They have only narrowly lost out to some of the big names recently and they showed what they can do in the Sale game to get the win.

“They capitalised on a few of our mistakes and they really wanted to make an impact in the first game of the season. 

“We took a bit of a backwards step last week so it’s important that we put that right this weekend.”

The Warriors will be looking to record a season's double over Saints for the first time since 2004/05, the only occasion they have managed the feat.

And hooker Jaba Bregvadze – who made his first start for the club against Sale last week – believes his side can steam ahead after finally turning a corner.

The last few months we have prepared fully for every match, in some places we were unlucky but a few of our details in the game were not 100 per cent,” he said. “But last week, everything we had practiced for in training came out in the game.

“Most games we are winning for the first 50 or 60 minutes, but small mistakes have cost us the game. We started to show what we can do for the whole 80 last week.

“We are going to Northampton to win again, we need to continue what we have been doing. We need to stay in this position because there are many more important games coming up.”

Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors (Franklin’s Gardens, 2.45pm)
Referee: Matthew Carley (39th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Stuart Terheege

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