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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints

Worcester Warriors have just two Aviva Premiership points this season, but Samu Manoa insists Northampton Saints have no reason to believe they cannot add to that tally at Sixways on Saturday.

Dean Ryan’s side have made a nightmare start to the campaign, with their only win in any competition coming against Cardiff Blues in the LV= Cup earlier this month.

They have lost all eight of their Aviva Premiership games, most recently at Sale Sharks last weekend, and sit rock bottom of the league table.

In contrast, Saints are unbeaten in five league games and their only away defeat in the league this season came at the hands of Gloucester Rugby in Round 3.

But Manoa, who picked up the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for October, is not taking the struggling Warriors for granted.

“Even though Worcester are at the bottom of the 12, it doesn’t mean that it is going to be an easy game,” he said.

“They have got a heavy pack and they can move it around well – we will see what happens. It is going to be a hard game. They are going to give it their best.

“But we have got a lot of depth in the squad so we have got a lot of players we can choose from.

“I am not too worried about any team – I just take it every game as it comes. I just want to work on my game. That is what I do.”

Worcester have not won at Sixways since London Wasps visited in the Aviva Premiership in March and have only won one of their last eight meetings with Northampton – a 12-3 victory at Sixways in September 2011.

Warriors prop Ofa Fainga'anuku, who joined from Glasgow Warriors this summer, is expecting a mighty challenge from the Saints forwards but he is not shying away from the task.

“As a forward pack we know what is coming for us when we come up against Northampton Saints,” he said.

“No matter who they pick they will have eight strong forwards all consistent in what they do around the field and there are some exciting match ups for us and that is what we have to work on.

“As a pack of forwards we all have to have the same attitude and be ready for the challenge and I am sure we will.

“That is one of the reasons I came to the Premiership, to really test myself against the best.”

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (74th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix & Stuart Terheege. TMO. David Sainsbury.

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