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Gary Gold warns Worcester must stop leaking soft tries after win at Cardiff

Worcester boss Gary Gold saw his team pile on the points against Cardiff Blues but the tries they conceded in a 53-38 win left him with a headache.

And Gold warned his players there must be no repeat of the Anglo-Welsh Cup mistakes when they return to Aviva Premiership duty next week against Saracens.

Threatened by relegation in their domestic league, Warriors secured a first away win since March from their trip to south Wales, running in eight tries at the Arms Park.

Josh Adams and Wynand Olivier both scored two tries, with Alafoti Faosiliva, Jack Singleton, Sam Lewis and Bryce Heem also dotting down. Ryan Mills converted five and added a penalty.

Gold said: " It wasn't the neatest performance. There is a lot of stuff to work on as we lack a defensive resilience.

"Conceding five tries, some of them very soft, is an obvious concern and we can't do that against Saracens next week otherwise it will be a long afternoon for us.

"We should have put down a bigger marker in that first half and while we never looked like losing the game, we kept allowing them back in it.

"However 50 points away from home is always good to have especially when you are playing against a great club like Cardiff, whatever team they put on the field."

The young and inexperienced Blues performed with huge credit. Harri Millard scored two of their five tries with, Cam Dolan, Jarrod Evans and Tomos Williams grabbing one each.

Steve Shingler converted four and kicked a penalty, with Evans adding a conversion, but they remain winless in the competition having conceded a mammoth 187 points in losing their four pool matches.

Cardiff coach Richard Hodges said: " It was a game of two halves and I'm really pleased that we won the second half against a very strong Worcester side.

"We addressed certain points at half-time, which improved our performance and to score five tries gives us huge credit.

"When I saw the fixtures, I was anticipating that Sale and Worcester may be a good match for us but they both came fully loaded in preparation for the Premiership games so it was a tough ask with our limited squad and with a severe injury list."


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