Worcester Warriors have only won one of their first eight games of the season but prop Nick Schonert insists all is well at Sixways and the results are about to improve.
After a busy summer that saw director of rugby Dean Ryan depart to be replaced by Carl Hogg and a number of playing personnel changes, the Warriors have made an inconsistent start to the campaign.
They have only won one of their first six Aviva Premiership Rugby clashes – that coming at the start of this month against Newcastle Falcons.
But they have fought hard to draw against both Sale Sharks and Gloucester Rugby and were in the game for large chunks of their eventual defeats to both Saracens and Bath Rugby.
Two narrow defeats in Europe over the last fortnight – albeit achieved with much-changed matchday 23s – have not helped momentum ahead of their trip to the Stoop to face Harlequins this weekend.
But the Warriors won in south west London last season and prop Schonert is confident that they are on the verge of finding their best form.
“We started pretty well against Sarries and it was close at half-time, we had a great lead against Bath and were out in front against Gloucester and Sale,” he said.
“You can see that we are a really good side that are losing leads and game by silly mistakes.
“With experience and more time for the squad to come together we will learn how to close out games.
“We have got good players here and a great coaching staff. There is nothing to worry about. Teams change – look at Bath who were pretty much bottom of the league last season.
“It is the luck of the bounce sometimes that can decide a result and that was the case with those two European games but we are pleased with the way we played.
“We played some really good rugby, everything was working well just a few little things, a knock on here and there but nothing that we cannot fix.”
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Having shuffled their pack in Europe, matters return to the nitty gritty of the league and Quins are a side with similar consistency problems this season.
But the 25-year-old South African-born forward is all too aware of the dangers that lie in store at the Stoop.
“Quins have a very dangerous side, last year we had one of our best results when we went there and won but we have got to give them the respect they deserve,” he added.
“They have new coaches but it is still the same players, they are very dangerous in the back three with Mike Brown and Marland Yarde. Regardless of their form they have players that can hurt you but they are also strong up front.
“As a pack we have gone from strength to strength but there is always room to improve and we know we have to keep working hard.
“The key to this league is consistency because every pack is strong and you are only as good as your last game – you need a strong set-piece to be competitive.”