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Dean Ryan wants Worcester to build on their winning start

Dean Ryan has urged Worcester to build on their winning return to the Aviva Premiership when they travel to Sale Sharks on Friday night.

The Warriors celebrated their first game back in the top flight by edging Northampton 13-12 at Sixways and Ryan, the club's director of rugby, insists the aim is to win every fixture.

"It was really pleasing to get the win last week but now we've got an opportunity to go away from home and try and replicate that performance," Ryan said.

"One of the most positive things we talked about was that we can improve, but we've got to be as committed and physical again.

"With Danny Cipriani at 10 they're a lot more inventive in attack and it puts more stress on individuals rather than a test of your system.

"We've got to take on a very different attack and see if we can get it under control. It's a really different challenge and we have to test ourselves in a new environment.

"We haven't come into the league to try and target different fixtures. We're targeting every single weekend and everybody picked has to be capable of going right away."

Sale were thumped 41-3 by Saracens last weekend and head coach Steve Diamond is hoping for a backlash against Worcester.

"Last Saturday's result was a huge wake-up call and the lads have been working hard on the training ground to make sure we are ready for Worcester," Diamond said.

In Friday's second fixture, Jamie George-led Saracens travel to Gloucester with Owen Farrell named at inside centre.


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