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Hill happy after Warriors win


Richard Hill

Richard Hill

Richard Hill

Worcester coach Richard Hill felt his side had learned the lessons from their defeat to Harlequins as they ended a run of three Aviva Premiership losses with a 12-3 win over Northampton at Sixways.

The Warriors had failed to take advantage of a 15-3 lead against Quins last time out as they fell to a 17-15 reverse, but four penalties from fly-half Andy Goode were enough to make sure there was no repeat against the Saints. And Hill felt an improvement in precision had made the difference between the two results.

He said: "That was better. I am happier than I was at this time last week. We were much more precise, we had the same energy, physicality and effort going in as last week but the difference was we were more accurate."

He added: "We have to learn to finish off our chances as you don't get many in the Premiership.

"There were probably three good scoring chances we failed to convert which would have killed the game off but last week we were 15-3 up against Quins and couldn't close the game out, this week we were 12-3 up against Saints and we held on."

Hill had spoken of his side's need to match Northampton in the close exchanges, and his pack did him proud as they put major pressure on Saints strong set-piece and carrying game, with the back-row of Neil Best, Jake Abbott and Chris Jones, filling in at number eight, particularly prominent.

And Hill said: "We had a good solid set-piece, and our restart receptions were very good. Our scrummage was certainly very powerful and the line-out provided a good platform with Craig Gillies back to his best.

"They produced some really quality ball for our backs.

"It was a calculated gamble with Chris at number eight as he has not played there for a while, he has had a crash course this week as it is a completely different position to lock.

"He was carrying the ball well in the midfield and he enjoyed himself as a second row doesn't get the chance to do that, and he was all over the field."

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