There’s no doubt Worcester Warriors have tested the best Aviva Premiership Rugby to offer in their first season back, but prop Na’ama Leleimalefaga insists performances and points must go hand-in-hand.
Worcester have won two league matches so far this year and, almost as important, they’ve nearly always picked up points in defeat.
Indeed the only match from which Worcester did not salvage something was their 27-13 loss to Sale Sharks in Round 3 – and they are now only four points away from matching their Aviva Premiership Rugby season total in 2013/14.
But Worcester will be seeking the win that snaps a seven-game losing streak in all competitions on their first-ever visit to Wasps’ Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
And Leleimalefaga says any success will be built on a solid scrum.
“It’s a really important game and we need to make sure that we go into it and get four points to help us in the league,” he said.
“The most important thing in this league is getting points on the board so we are hungry to win but if we lose we have to make sure we are still getting points.
“We played well against Harlequins and I think everyone takes a lot of confidence from that and we can use it to go forward.
“Wasps are a good side and we will need to play our best rugby if we are going to win.
“But we did well in the scrum against Quins and put what we did on the training ground into action so we will try and do the same.”
Wasps have suffered a dip in form since beating European champions Toulon so impressively in Coventry, indeed they have lost their last three outings at their home ground.
A fourth defeat in Aviva Premiership Rugby this weekend would be their longest losing run in the competition since March 2014, and New Zealand back Charles Piutau admits newly-promoted Worcester will be no pushovers.
“Every week I’ve played in this competition so far is a big game, every team is full of quality and Worcester last week showed that by pushing Harlequins really hard,” he said, “They’re not an ideal team to play against for us at the moment but we’re concentrating on the things we need to fix. If we do that then I’m sure we’ll go ok.
“I’ve played against Cooper Vuna a few times before and maybe after this week I’ll get him to know him some more, they’ve got some dangerous players and I’m sure it will be a good game.”
Ricoh Arena, 2pm
Referee: Matthew Carley (37th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Wayne Falla. TMO: David Grashoff.