Ryan is hopping mad

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:12
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Dean Ryan was left cursing a mad 30 minutes that saw the game slip away from Worcester Warriors as Saracens cemented their spot atop the Premiership.

Dean Ryan was left cursing a mad 30 minutes that saw the game slip away from Worcester Warriors as Saracens cemented their spot atop the Premiership.

The Warriors were booted into an early lead as Argentine flyhalf Ignacio Mieres sent over a penalty.

But all this did was seemingly wake up league-leaders Saracens and the visitors came flying at their hosts with four tries in 20 first-half minutes - David Strettle, Schalk Brits, Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson all going over.

Worcester did cross the whitewash themselves in the first half through Leo Senatore but they failed to add to their tally after the interval as Sarries held firm for the 26-8 victory.

And despite admitting pride as his Warriors fronted up to the challenge Saracens posed, Worcester Director of Rugby Ryan admitted that his side were made to pay the price for switching off in the first-half.

"We paid the penalty for probably spending half an hour sightseeing and, after 20 or 30 minutes, we decided to get involved in the game and were a very good team," he said.

"It is real credit to us because they are a really good side with some good players. It showed against Leicester last week that, if they get a start, they can do a lot of damage and I was really pleased with our response.

"There is an element where you sit and watch and wait. And you just cannot do that with a team that has the pace and power they've got. But we showed in the second half that we can take things to them.

"We recognise we have some massive challenges in the New Year but we are in a very different place than where we were six or seven weeks ago."

As for Saracens, they have the honour of heading into 2014 as the team to beat in the Premiership, having lost just once so far this campaign.

And Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall was delighted to put an end to the club's Sixways hoodoo in the process.

"It is a very satisfying result for us," McCall said. "We have struggled at Sixways in the last four seasons and lost here, so to come and get a bonus-point win, we are really happy.

"The scoreline was unfortunate for Worcester as they fronted up but we were very clinical and took our chances, scored four wonderful tries and then fought for each other in the second half.

"You see it so often. You have the job done early, you have the bonus point in the bag, you have important games coming up and as much as you would like to sustain a performance for 80 minutes, sometimes it does not happen.

"But it was great to get 30 minutes out of Brad Barritt. He will be likely to start against Gloucester next week."

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