Worcester Warriors back-row Matt Kvesic is refusing to take Friday night’s clash with basement boys Sale Sharks for granted, admitting you must always beware the wounded beast especially on their home turf.
Coming off a hard-earned 13-6 victory over London Welsh, Worcester closed the gap on eighth-placed Bath Rugby to just a single point whilst Sale slumped to their tenth defeat of the Aviva Premiership season.
But Kvesic and company will have their work cut out – the Warriors have won just once on their travels in 2012 in all competitions whilst their last eight Aviva Premiership games have all been won by the home side.
All the 20-year-old believes his side can do is control their own game which he believes will be enough to record back-to-back victories.
“It is tough because we have got to give them the respect they deserve,” said Kvesic. “Playing a team like Sale at their home ground when they have not had the results that they would have liked is going to be tough.
“They have had a tough time in the Heineken Cup as well as the Aviva Premiership but we have just got to go up there and focus on our game.
“They are going to be a tough side at home, they always are, and we just need to make sure we control the ‘controllables’.
“They had a tough game against Toulon but a double header against a side like that would be incredibly hard for anyone. The team down at Toulon is like a world XV.
“They will be wanting to get a much-needed win under their belt.”
Sale are desperate for a victory, five points adrift at the foot of the table, but will be buoyed by the fact the last time the two sides met in the Aviva Premiership at Edgeley Park back in February they triumphed 15-12.
And flanker Dave Seymour insists his side must make the most of home advantage, admitting the generic phrase of taking each game as it comes will remain until the end of the season as they battle for survival.
“We’re truly aware of where we are and our position – we don’t have to be reminded, it’s pretty obvious. Everyone is aware of the challenges ahead,” said Seymour.
“There’s no element of looking for revenge for Worcester. Nothing goes past this game. For us, it’s week-by-week.
“I know it’s a common phrase, but at the moment, we can’t afford to have one thought about the following week, but only on the game up and coming. That’s for everyone – for all the staff and all the players, and everyone’s aware of that.
“There were things there we had to try and take into the game at home to Toulon, and in home games, you have to try and show off. We want to make the most of the advantage we have.”
Referee: Wayne Barnes (114th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Robin Goodliffe, Alan Hughes.