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Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Welsh

Preview: Worcester Warriors v London Welsh

Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic has vowed to take the frustration of failing to beat Perpignan last weekend out on London Welsh when they meet in the Aviva Premiership on Friday.

The 20-year-old played all 80 minutes of Worcester’s narrow 13-6 Amlin Challenge Cup defeat to the French outfit that leaves both clubs all square in Pool 2 on three wins, one loss and 15 points.

Worcester will have to wait until January to address the issue as their attentions turn back to the Aviva Premiership and a clash with Welsh at Sixways, where they haven’t lost since the opening day of the season.

Meanwhile of London Welsh’s four Aviva Premiership wins this season only one has come on the road and Kvesic has told them that the Warriors will be more motivated than ever in light of their European defeat.

“They [London Welsh] have done really, really well and have shrugged off their underdog tag but we have come off two Amlin Challenge Cup games against Perpignan and we’ll be excited to get them down to our place,” said Kvesic.

“We were gutted not to get the win against Perpignan in the second game last weekend because we played some great stuff and really played some good rugby at times and created a lot of chances.

“Going away from home to play a club like Perpignan and losing by six or seven points, there were a lot of positives to take from that and the first match against them into the game against London Welsh.”

London Welsh also lost their last Amlin Challenge Cup clash, this time 27-13 to Grenoble at the Kassam Stadium, but they were victorious last time out in the Aviva Premiership against London Irish.

That saw them increase their points tally for the season to 19, 13 ahead of bottom club Sale Sharks, but Welsh skipper Jonathan Mills knows their currently safe surroundings can become unsafe in an instant.

“Worcester are a quality team and playing them away from home is a tough job for us but we are looking forward to returning to the Premiership and giving ourselves the best chance,” said Mills.

“I am happy to have the points we are on and it gives us a bit of a gap from those below us. But in three games it can be gone straight away.

“Yes, it’s well done for getting 19 points but if we are still on 19 points after 22 games I’m pretty sure we will be down the bottom.”

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