London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has warned his side against a Worcester Warriors backlash this weekend following their last-gasp cruel loss against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Friday night.
Worcester crashed 29-23 against Gloucester last weekend, conceding an injury-time penalty try and seeing full-back Errie Claassens red carded in the process.
The late controversy saw Richard Hill’s Worcester slip to a fifth successive Aviva Premiership loss, meaning the Warriors still have not won in the league in 2013.
And with London Irish recording an impressive 30-19 win against Young’s London Wasps at the Madejski Stadium last Sunday – Worcester are now nervously looking over their shoulders.
“I felt sorry for Worcester at the weekend as they did enough to win the game but lost on a decision that was 50-50 and probably could have gone either way,” said Young.
“With Phil Larder organising the Worcester defence you know they will be strong to break down and good in that respect.
“And with a kicker like Andy Goode they have someone who will punish you should you make mistakes and give too many penalties away so it will be a tough game for sure.
“Not many people come away from Sixways with a lot of points but this is a massive game for us having lost last time out and we will be doing all we can to get the right result and bounce back from that defeat.”
London Wasps' five game winning run in the Aviva Premiership ended with their reversal at London Irish but the Londoners have not suffered back-to-back Premiership defeats since September.
Wasps won 10-6 when the two sides met at Adams Park in round six, whilst Worcester's only victory over Wasps in their last five Premiership fixtures was 6-0 at Adams Park on New Year's Day 2012.
Hill could be forced into a back-row reshuffle for Worcester Warriors’ Friday night crunch Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps.
Jake Abbott picked up a nasty facial injury in the gut-wrenching late loss to Gloucester, so is likely to miss out, while Sam Betty is also doubtful after suffering a ‘partial concussion’ contesting the game’s kick-off.
But Hill is refusing to be downcast and is targeting an overdue win to boost Worcester back up the Aviva Premiership table.
“We need to get a big win in front of our own supporters on Friday night and, far from being down; the players are galvanized and angry about what has happened,” said Hill.
“They know they have to play better to get the right result, but there’s a really tight bond in the group and there will be some angry men going out there.”
Referee: Greg Garner (45th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Bolton & Paul Dix.