Gold lauds Hougaard’s X-factor

Date published: March 6 2017

Warriors boss Gary Gold lauded his side after their victory over Bristol on Sunday but believes they still have a long way to go.

Worcester Warriors eased past Premiership basement dwellers Bristol 41-24 at Sixways after scoring six tries to Bristol’s three with former Springbok Francois Hougaard starring in the win.

Gold explained that they have always had the skill but needed the belief to produce such a great display of rugby.

“By and large, we were very good. We made good decisions at the breakdown, and it was a pleasing day,” Gold told reporters.

“There is some quality in the side, and maybe all these guys really needed was a bit of belief. They are a good team.

“Absolutely, there is still a long way to go, and what Bristol do now is out of out of our control.

“We are still 11th in the league, and we need to continue to improve with five games left.”

Gold praised Hougaard after the game but added that he was allowed to play so well because of the slick ball he received from his forwards.

“He was outstanding, but I think he will be the first to admit that he had a great platform provided by the pack,” Gold added.

“He is an X-factor player. He is quite genuinely world-class, and we are very lucky to have him. With world-class players, the bigger the stage, the better they play.”