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Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Irish

Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Irish

Jeremy Su’a admits Worcester Warriors’ run of six successive Aviva Premiership defeats will be the last thing on their minds when they welcome London Irish to Sixways.

Su’a, a summer signing from New Zealand, made his Aviva Premiership bow last weekend but it came in a 32-15 defeat to defending champions Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

They now play host to London Irish, who themselves have won just one of their last five Aviva Premiership encounters, that a 47-28 win over London Welsh back in April.

Worcester’s most recent victory at Sixways was against opposition from London however with the Warriors taking down London Wasps 29-23 on March 1 last season.

The Exiles also won just once on the road in the Aviva Premiership last term but Su’a insists the Warriors aren’t getting caught up in facts and figures ahead of the clash.

“Obviously we haven’t won for a number of games now but it’s not something we talk about. We are all focused on bringing this club to a new era where we can create that winning environment,” he said.

“We know that we have not started that yet this season but if we can start that against Irish at the weekend that will be great. Training has been good, everyone has been looking for a chance to redeem themselves after last weekend.

“Week in, week out there is always going to be stuff we have to work on. Obviously we let in a few tries last weekend so we will want to correct that against Irish. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd.

“I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the Warriors fans, so it’s definitely something I can’t wait for. Some of the lads have been giving me a few tips and telling me to make sure I don’t hide in my shell.”

Worcester claimed their first victory over London Irish, who lost 42-20 to Saracens at the London Double Header last weekend, in 13 Aviva Premiership encounters last season.

That was a 35-11 triumph at Sixways during round five with the Exiles being held up on route to the ground which resulted in kick-off being put back by half an hour.

And, despite the clash being on a Saturday afternoon this time around as opposed to a Friday night, Irish director of rugby Brian Smith has taken measures to ensure there isn’t a repeat performance.

“We are travelling up on Friday. It’s a significant investment from the club, but it is part of the reason teams do well on the road – if your preparation is very professional,” he said.

“You don’t want to be getting off the bus after a three or four-hour journey and try to play Premiership rugby. Those days are gone. That was one of the issues we got caught with last season.

“The start had to be delayed half an hour, but it should have been by an hour and a half. If we can play the game in the right areas of the pitch I think we can have success up there.”

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (68th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank and Andrew Pearce. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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