Declan Kidney: London Irish boss not taking Worcester Warriors lightly in Premiership opener

Adam Kyriacou
London Irish boss Declan Kidney walking

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney has warned his side to expect to face a highly motivated Worcester team in their season opener.

Saturday’s clash in Brentford will be a closely followed match due to the off-field financial problems surrounding the Warriors at the present time.

And Kidney is preparing his charges for a strong performance from Worcester as the visitors will be keen to take out their frustrations on the field.

Worcester will be motivated

When asked whether there’s a more dangerous opponent than one that hadn’t been paid their wages, he said: “On a sporting front, absolutely not.

“People talk about getting their team up for a game, and when that happens naturally and you don’t have to say a word, they are always the most dangerous ones.

“I understand there are other bigger issues concerning Worcester.”

It has been reported that the Worcester players have now been paid following a delay, but Kidney is still wary of the Warriors being a tough game.

“Will they be highly motivated? It is human nature. There are probably easier fixtures out there to start off with,” explained the London Irish boss.

“They have too many good players, too much to play for.

“When it comes down to a pure rugby match, you can actually use those things in your favour, and there is no better man to get them using them than Steve (Diamond).

Won’t take Warriors lightly

“They have British and Irish Lions players in their ranks, England players. I have no doubt that Worcester as a rugby club will be as competitive as ever.”

He added: “If we don’t get a result on Saturday, it’s not because we have taken this in any way lightly.

“They will be very strong and very well organised. There is no point talking Worcester up or down, it is just about us getting ourselves right.”

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