‘Warriors must improve incredibly quickly’ – Pennell

Date published: October 12 2017

Worcester Warriors full-back Chris Pennell says his side must improve 'incredibly quickly' to turn their Premiership fortunes around.

Warriors' European Challenge Cup campaign begins this Saturday with a clash against Brive at Sixways following a period which has seen them lose all six of their Premiership fixtures to date.

Worcester find themselves at the bottom of the Premiership table with only one point after defeats to Newcastle, Wasps, Exeter, Gloucester, Saracens and Bath.

Worcester-born Pennell says they wasted many scoring opportunities in those games, but insists that if they stick to the basics, they will become more clinical.

“There’s obviously a lot of disappointment but we need to be realistic with where we are. The challenge is to raise our game. We’ll always back ourselves, but we need to be more clinical and take our opportunities,” the England international told the Worcester Observer.

“The tops sides don’t make errors and take their chances. It’s easy to talk about but not so easy to put into place.

“But going forward, if we take those opportunities, I think we’ll be in a much better place. We have to learn incredibly quickly (from this first block of games) and put pressure on ourselves as players to go out and take those chances.

“We’ve created a lot of opportunities (this season) so there’s no reason why we can’t do the same (going forward) and if we’re more clinical we’re confident we’ll start coming away with wins.

“The frustration is the amount of effort going in and no reward for it, but we’ll stick to the basics. We believe in the processes we’re working through 100 per cent.

“It’s difficult in times like this when you’re not getting the rewards in terms of wins and league points, but as long as we stick at it the wins will come. We just need to make sure we maintain that belief."

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