Enisei-STM’s captain Jurijs Baranovs is not ready to give up on his side’s Challenge Cup campaign just yet, even though last Friday’s loss to Newport Gwent Dragons means advancing past the pool stages is now impossible.
"We will come out firing against Worcester. We are going to take the game to them and I think we can hammer them. We still have a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Challenge Cup,” the Latvian international told EPC Rugby.
"Our defence needs to improve, we made a few mistakes against the Newport Gwent Dragons. We had a few errors in our tackling and our defence was left open. We will be working on that ready for Worcester."
Baranovs blamed a lack of concentration for his side’s 34-10 loss to the Dragons in Newport last Friday night: "In the first half it was very difficult and we did not concentrate enough.
"At half-time our coach knuckled us down and we came out all guns blazing and we really thought we could beat the Dragons.”
Enisei-STM will take on Worcester Warriors at the Sixways Stadium at 2pm on Saturday. Unfortunately, after losing three of their Challenge Cup matches, even the most unfaltering concentration will not help the Russian side advance to the knock-out stage of the competition.
Fortunately, Baranovs has another target for his team, "This season if we get three wins, we will be very, very happy. Last season was our first time ever in the Challenge Cup and we got two wins, so if we get three we will be delighted."