Ryan sick of ‘loser’ tag after Quins loss

Date published: January 4 2016

Despite his side coming back from a 24-3 deficit against Harlequins to earn a bonus point at Sixways, Worcester head coach Dean Ryan was left irritated at yet another 'close' encounter.

Trailing by 21 points after the first-half, the Warriors clawed their way back into the match with tries from flanker Marco Mama, veteran Phil Dowson and a converted penalty try from Ryan Mills to end the game 20–24.

"I'm really disappointed, I'm sick of being described as plucky losers as we have to change that tag and I'm fed up of being close,” coach Ryan told sportinglife.com.

"Our kicking was woeful in the first-half, we were trying to thread the ball through the eye of a needle and the first 40 minutes just wasn't good enough."

He then added that it might be the side's lack of experience that was to blame for their failure to finish out the game against Quins.

"We haven't got the experience of a Nick Evans or a Danny Care, who moved us around with some pin-point kicking and Care's kick to create their third try was outstanding," the former Scotland assistant coach said.

However, contrasting Ryan's words, Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea was proud of his men for putting up an admirable fight away from home.

"For the first 45 or 50 minutes we were outstanding, we were disciplined and clinical and were still trying to play rugby in the difficult conditions," praised O’Shea.

"If we could play like that for the whole 80 minutes we would be some side.

"Then we got on the wrong end of the referee but it's a precious win as you have to be 10 points better than the opposition to win away from home."