Ryan: Loss ‘a sobering lesson’

Date published: November 29 2015

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan admitted that Saturday's heavy loss to Saracens would be a wake-up call for his side.

The promoted club came into Saturday's contest with ten points already on the table after two wins from their first four matches.

Ryan knew that Worcester would face more punishing days such as the loss to Saracens on their return to the top flight and plans to use how his side reacted to constant pressure from Saracens in every area to improve the side going forward.

Replacement prop Joe Rees and captain GJ van Velze both scored late consolation tries for the Warriors but it was the six scores conceded, along with 18 points off penalties from the boot of Charlie Hodgson, that did the damage.

"We always knew it would be a tough day," Ryan said.

"We always knew coming into the Premiership that we would take some pretty serious dents.

"It would be unrealistic to think that we could jump across competitions and then immediately jump to the top end of that.

"This was a sobering lesson but one that we're prepared to take to get better and an insight into how much pressure can be put on the small parts of the game."