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Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Irish

Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Irish

Matt Mullan intends to take a leaf out of London Irish’s book as Worcester Warriors go in search of their first Aviva Premiership victory of the season on Friday.

Worcester’s 37-31 set-back at Northampton Saints last time out may have garnered two bonus points but that’s not enough according to Mullan.

The prop, who received his only England cap in 2010 against Italy, has been busy studying Irish’s 29-22 victory over Bath this week that stopped their three-game losing rot and believes there are lessons to be learned.

“I think there’s an added incentive this Friday because London Irish got their first win at the weekend and that’s what we want to do,” he said.

“It’s an old cliché but we take one game at a time and so we’ve analysed what they are like as a team and we know where we can break them down.

“We like playing at Sixways, and we especially like playing there on a Friday night under the lights because the fans really get behind us and it becomes a really intimidating place to play. 

“We want it to be a place other teams really hate coming to and I think it’s certainly gaining that reputation already – all the successful clubs have a home ground which is a fortress and we don’t want to be any different. 

“In training Hilly (Richard Hill) is asking us to do things and we are getting them done on the field, it’s just little things that are going against that and we need to work together to ensure that doesn't happen against Irish. 

“The whole 23-man squad is vital, it isn't about individuals at Worcester – we win as a team and we lose as a team and that's a mentality which has been important for us.”

Irish will be buoyed by the fact that despite Mullan’s claims, Sixways has been a happy hunting ground for visitors recently.

The Warriors’ last Aviva Premiership home victory came in February against Saracens and Irish have held the upper hand in this fixture – unbeaten in the last 11 games.

And despite failing to pick up back-to-back victories since September 2011, Irish lock Matt Garvey insists now is the time to put that right.

“The aim now is to build on that (the 29-22 win against Bath), string a few wins together, build momentum and get the positivity back around the place,” he said.

“We’re confident and pleased with the win at the weekend, but watching Worcester’s performance (against Northampton) we can’t afford to slip up.

“It’s going to be a hard, tough contest and as we were last week we’ll have to be on the top of our game.”


Referee: Wayne Barnes (109th Premiership game)

Assistant Referees: Nigel Carrick, Stuart Terheege.

(Sixways, 8pm)

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