Hogg: ‘We must set the bar higher’

Date published: January 4 2017

Warriors must improve upon their win over Harlequins when they face Gloucester in a Premiership derby on Saturday, says head coach Carl Hogg.

Hogg believes if his side can repeat their fortunes against Quins if they employ the same "collective spirit" against rivals Gloucester.

"We have to be consistent and set the bar with our level of commitment and energy and I think we can get better as a team," Hogg told Worcester News.

"Every weekend is tough in the Premiership and it’s about small margins. But if we have the collective spirit, commitment and work ethic we showed last weekend then we should do some decent things."

Warriors are second from bottom in the table, just two points above Bristol, but have lost only one of their last four Premiership outings against Gloucester.

"Gloucester are a good side with a lot of very good players," Hogg continued.

"But we are putting less emphasis on Gloucester and it’s more about what we do. Kingsholm is a great place to play and we have to impose our game on Gloucester. We know the challenges we are going to face.

"In the first 20 minutes we need to make sure we are energised and push our game on top of Gloucester."

The Kingsholm side fell 13-12 at home to Northampton Saints last Sunday and Hogg is expecting another tight contest.

"I’ve been involved on both sides in games between Worcester and Gloucester over a number of years and they normally go down to very small margins."

Worcester have also failed to win away from home since beating Quins at Twickenham Stoop in March last year.

"I don’t think it’s a mental thing," Hogg said.

"You have to manage the game correctly away from home and push the pressure on to the home side and play in the right areas of the field."