Ryan: ‘No significant changes for Tigers’

Date published: April 28 2016

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan conceded that no significant changes will be made for the Premiership match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.

Ryan was very critical of his side after their 54-35 defeat to Wasps, despite his strong views on the lacklustre performance he has indicated that his side will in all likelihood remain unchanged.

Warriors are currrently in tenth position on the table, nine points clear of eleventh placed Newcastle Falcons, after seven wins which includes a record four-match winning streak for the club in the Premiership.

"There won’t be significant changes," Ryan told Worcester News. 

"We want to finish the season in the right way, so if we make mass changes it is pretty obvious we are going to get disruption.

"We roughly know the core group that has played most of the games, so we have tried to freshen them up and want that group to go on and finish the season.

"There will be changes but they won’t be significant and there won’t be faces outside of that core group coming in."

With none of the players being sidelined due to injuries apart from South African-born Wynand Olivier, who is nursing a hamstring that he picked up against Chiefs earlier in the month, Ryan has the luxury of selecting the same side.

Warriors face Saracens a week later at Sixways and the 49-year-old former Gloucester head coach will be hoping for redemption after their 48-18 thumping at the hands of the defending champions.

"We got something wrong in our approach to the game," he said. 

"We were too lateral and too interested in playing on a wide-front, so we did not engage with the team either defensively or in attack. When you can see such a change in behaviour in the same game, you know you have got to be able to sort that out and that is what we are challenging in the remaining weeks.

"We can’t go to Leicester and think we can just throw the ball around because we were able to do that against Wasps. We need to engage physically and if we do then we have got a platform to show ourselves attacking-wise. But to do it without that isn’t going to make us competitive at this level of rugby.