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Worcester still believe in survival

08th January 2014 11:25


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Belief: Dean Ryan

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan still thinks his group of players can avoid what appears to be inevitable relegation.

The bottom placed club are without a win in the Aviva Premiership this season and are currently 11 points adrift of safety.

Although there are 12 matches left in the season, Worcester's form has been so abject - with a points difference of -189 and only three league points registered so far - that their fate looks sealed.

Their latest league loss to previously closest rivals London Irish has left the Warriors with a mountain to climb, but Ryan has not given up hope of surviving yet.

"I still believe that if the group gets itself in the right place then every single game is up for grabs. I know we haven't got the returns on that but we have shown in the past five or six weeks that we can be competitive," Ryan told Worcester News.

"This group are now working really hard to try and avoid relegation and we're going to keep trying really hard until statistically that's not possible.

"We're not prepared to not take on that challenge or accept that relegation is something that we're facing.

"The next 10 games allows us an opportunity and we're not accepting that we can't take that.

"The weekend's result made it a little bit more difficult, we're not hiding from that or trying to pretend that we don't know what the truth is.

"But we've got to learn what happened to us because there's no doubt the team that played on the weekend didn't represent itself the way it has done the previous five or six weeks."

Ryan added the extended break from Premiership action with the Amlin Challenge Cup and LV= Cup would give Worcester a chance to welcome back key injured players such as Jonathan Thomas and Agustin Creevy, as well as other players getting a chance to nail down a spot.

"There is an opportunity for people still to be in the mix selection-wise," added Ryan.

"Part of the reason we've chopped and changed selection is because nobody's really nailed down a position, especially in some key areas.

"That means it's up for grabs still and that allows some of those that have been on the fringes to have a go and see if they can put their hand up. Then we go back into the Premiership and we'll see if we can fight our way out of this."

Ryan previously lashed out at supporters criticising the team's form following the loss to Irish.

"One step back and everybody wants to put us in the stocks and throw mud at us," Ryan told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"As a club, we've got to get better at that, understand when we're below par and get better.

"But, to fuel that because somebody can sit in their mother's backroom and fire a message on a computer and allow that to be part of something is something we need to move away from."

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