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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Wasps

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Wasps

Worcester Warriors want to finish tenth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby as a bare minimum and will push to overtake Bath Rugby, according to lock Darren Barry.

The Warriors take on Wasps this weekend looking to go four games unbeaten at Sixways for the first time since December 2012.

Wasps however are in very good form themselves having secured a thrilling European Champions Cup victory over Exeter Chiefs 25-24.

Worcester face Wasps’ fellow play-off rivals Saracens and Leicester Tigers in the coming weeks, but Barry is confident of a strong finish to the season.

He said: “We are aiming to finish as high as we can. We want tenth at least but if we can catch Bath and finish ninth great.

“I think finishing ninth is a target, we have not said it ourselves but it’s been spoken about as something that can happen. We need results to go our way because it will be a tough ask.

“I think if we were still in a relegation battle these would not be the three games you wanted to play against, you are playing three of the top four.

“It’s not a pretty last block but we want to go out on a high, we don’t want to finish tenth or 11th we want ninth and hopefully if we get those three results that leads us well into next season.”

Wasps have lost just a single game, away at Gloucester on March 5, in their last 12 as they look to secure a spot in the end-of-season semi-finals.

And despite Wasps having won each of their last three encounters with the Warriors, Barry says he and his team-mates are treating the game like any other.

He said: “It’s the same as any other game, we have done the analysis on them we think we know their weakness and we know their strengths so if all goes well we will come away with a good result.

“We have three big games against three big teams, we want to perform well and hopefully get a few good results.”

It took last-ditch tries from Frank Halai and Sailosi Tagicakibau for third-place Wasps to put Worcester to the Sword at the Ricoh Arena earlier this season.

And Wasps prop Matt Mullan, who started his career at Worcester, needs no reminding of how tough travelling to Sixways can be for opposition teams.

“I know Sixways more than most and it is an extremely hard place to go, and we had a tough enough game against them at the Ricoh – we only won it right at the end,” said Mullan.

“And they are right up there with the best teams in the Premiership on current form, they’ve really turned it around.

“In terms of getting into the top four, we know there is a lot riding on this week and we can’t begin to think about anything else.

“Every game is so important and we can’t let Leicester put us back under pressure.”

Sixways, 3pm
Referee: JP Doyle (112th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce & Simon McConnell. TMO: David Grashoff.

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