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Hill ready for tough test

Richard Hill

Worcester coach Richard Hill is braced for an aerial bombardment when his side meet Saracens at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

If the Warriors are to bounce back from their 29-8 derby defeat at Gloucester last weekend, Hill knows his side will need to neutralise Saracens' highly effective kicking game which, while not winning them many plaudits, has been a key factor in their success over the last two seasons.

"Saracens have got a very good defence and pride themselves on it. They are a very physical side and they play a territorial kicking game and don't play too much rugby in their own half," said Hill. "We haven't played a team that kicks a lot and our back three have not been tested with high balls or long kicks, but they will be tested at Saracens."

He continued: "They will kick for territory and our back three will have to make good decisions.

"Saracens also have a very definite attacking strategy. The rugby world know how Saracens play, it is just a question of stopping them. They are very efficient and organised."

Hill has made six changes to his side, with Andy Goode and Jonny Arr replacing Joe Carlisle and Shaun Perry to form the half-back combination, while Chris Jones is handed a first start of the campaign at lock.

Alex Crockett comes in for the suspended Dale Rasmussen in the centre, with prop Bruce Douglas and flanker Matt Kvesic also starting.