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Hill hails 'pivotal' win

Head coach Richard Hill admits he would be "mortified" if Worcester were relegated from the Aviva Premiership this season.

Worcester gained back-to-back league wins for the first time since April 2009 after they edged past neighbours Gloucester 21-15 at a sold-out Sixways. It followed a 6-0 success against Wasps last weekend and took them 13 points above bottom club Newcastle with nine rounds of Premiership action remaining.

"We had set ourselves targets in blocks of seven league games," Hill said. "It was 10 points for the first seven and 11 for the next seven, so with one game left in that second block we have exceeded our target by four points. I would be mortified if we got relegated now."

He added: "We felt this game was either going to turn us back to looking over our shoulder, or it was going to mean we could start looking up the table. It was a really pivotal win.

"Last week was our first league away win since April 2009, and now our first back-to-back league wins since then. The players feel good about themselves.

"What this means is that we can genuinely start looking up the table, as opposed to down it. It will give the players a massive boost when they look at the league table."

Former England fly-half Andy Goode guided Worcester to victory after he replaced an out-of-sorts Joe Carlisle at the break, scoring a try, which he also converted, before adding a penalty. Carlisle had earlier kicked two penalties before Worcester's ex-Gloucester wing Marcel Garvey scored an 80-metre breakaway try.

Hill added: "It was fantastic to see Andy come on and play as we know he can play. He grew in confidence after his try.

"Andy has not been happy, but his attitude has been superb. He doesn't want to be second choice. He has had to sit and watch Joe play well and has had to take his place on the bench.

"But he hasn't moaned. He has been very good in training and he went on today probably determined to prove a point, which is the best possible attitude to have. It was made for him, at 10-6 down, to go on and turn the game, and he did so with a fantastic try."


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