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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks

Worcester Warriors back rower Matt Kvesic insists after two emphatic European victories his side are desperate to give their home crowd something to cheer about in the Aviva Premiership against Sale Sharks.

The Warriors twice set a new record European points haul, beating both Bizkaia Gernika and Rovigo in the Amlin Challenge Cup, running in 27 tries in the process.

But Kvesic was quick to quash the idea a home tie with Sale, currently bottom of the pile, was the easy Aviva Premiership game at present, pointing out they too had found some form in Europe.

And the 20-year-old, along with his squad, will be looking to improve a run that has seen them secure just one victory, against London Irish on September 28, in their last ten Premiership fixtures.

“If we perform and turn up we should have no problems,” said Kvesic.

“Our first game back is on a Friday night at Sixways in front of a packed out crowd. It doesn’t get much better than that.

“Sale will definitely not be an easy game despite their league position. They’re not an easy team to beat and they have found some form in the Heineken Cup.

“In this league there are such small margins and if we don’t do what we need to they will cause us serious problems and it becomes a tight game.

“However if we can control the game and assert ourselves properly there should not be a problem.

“There will be a packed house and we want to give them a good showing.”

The last four contests between the two clubs have all been won by the home side on the day, while Sale have not won at Sixways since January 31, 2009.

But Sale’s Mark Jennings believes things are on the up for his side after his debut try helped the Sharks record their first win of the 2012/2013 season against Cardiff Blues.

And, desperate to add to their solitary point so far this season, the 19-year-old insists playing alongside Danny Cipriani will bring out the best in him as he looks to gain Premiership experience.

He said: “I enjoyed the weekend – it was my first experience at playing 12 for the first team. It was a bit of a shock playing the weekend before and being on the wing, as I’d been involved on the bench against Harlequins but never actually got on.

“So to actually make my debut was a bit crazy, and then to play 12, which is my position, it all happened so fast.

"It was amazing to score on my debut. I was given a nice straight pass, so it was a bit of a walk-in, but it was great to just be playing alongside the people I was playing with – the likes of Cips – and because I’m an academy boy, they’re the type of people you want to be learning from."

Referee: Greg Garner (38th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Ashley Rowden.

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