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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby

Jim Hamilton has called on his Gloucester Rugby teammates to start building momentum on Saturday when they travel to Sixways to take on the Worcester Warriors.

The 29-year-old made his first start of the Aviva Premiership season last weekend in his side’s 40-31 win over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium.

That ended a run of seven straight league defeats stretching back to February of last season but under new director of rugby Nigel Davies there is much cause for optimism amongst the Cherry & Whites.

The Warriors have now lost in their last six games in the Aviva Premiership but Gloucester have not managed back-to-back wins on the road since February 2011.

And Hamilton insists that he and his side will need to be at the top of their game to emerge with anything from Sixways on Saturday.

“There are no easy games in the Premiership and although Worcester have not won yet we know it will be a tough game,” he said.

“Rugby is a game of such small margins and Worcester have been unlucky not to have a win under their belt yet.

“Worcester have played well and we lost there last year so we know how difficult a trip it can be.

“I know Andy Goode from Leicester and they have David Lemi who is a fantastic player so they have talent and it will be a challenge but one we are up for.”

Last season both league games between these two sides were won by the home side and after coming agonisingly close against Bath in the season’s curtain raiser before Olly Barkley’s last-minute penalty the Warriors owe their Sixways’ supporters a win.

And full-back Chris Pennell is adamant that this weekend is a great opportunity to kick-start their season.

“We know full well that Gloucester have got pace to spare when they get the ball out to their backs so we need to be on our game and prepared for that,” he said.

“But at the same time I think we are very strong out there as well so it will be a great battle.

“We want to get that first win so each of us as individuals needs to make sure we win our one-on-one battles.

“If we play the way that we know we can then there will only be one winner, we have to start our season now.”

Referee: JP Doyle (45th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle, Andrew Watson. TMO: Trevor Fisher

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