By Thomas Branston
Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Gary Gold insists his side must “polish the edges” in time for next weekend’s crunch game with Bristol Rugby in the Aviva Premiership at Sixways.
Gold watched his side battle till the very end as they were beaten 24-14 by Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, but the Warriors boss remained upbeat ahead of his side’s upcoming clash.
He said: “We need to polish the edges a little bit ahead of next week and be a lot more clinical in the things we are doing.
“Northampton have a very good forward pack and when they entered our 22 we neutralised them very well and stopped them from exerting much pressure.
“We turned the ball over a few times and were able to stop their drives very efficiently but there are certainly areas of improvement for us.
“If you get opportunities against good rugby teams then you have to take them and unfortunately we didn’t take them today.
“We need to be more clinical in our execution and that’s one of the learning curves for this group.”
Gold praised the determination shown from his players throughout the encounter with Northampton, especially as they fought to the death, scoring a late try through wing wizard Bryce Heem.
He explained: “The late try made it slightly more respectable on the scoreboard but it shows the fight that these guys are up for.
“As I said when I joined a month ago, all I can ask for is to stay in the battle and we worked extremely hard today.”
The Director of Rugby also looked ahead to next weekend’s “massive” clash with Bristol.
He added: “It’s a massive game. We will take each match as it comes but obviously the relevance of that game is crucial.
“We’re very much looking forward to it.”