Walder reacts to Sixways defeat

Saturday 24 September 2022 Written by: Adam

Speaking after the Gallagher Premiership clash, Walder said: “We were poor, we fell off a cliff after a decent start and we’re really disappointed with the performance.

“It’s not a true reflection of ourselves, we can’t be proud of what we produced today and there are plenty of fix-ups going into a short turnaround with playing Bristol on Friday.

“The first ten minutes was okay even though it took us a few attempts to get over the try-line, but discipline-wise we lost our way. We need a little bit of education and I’ve been trying to get a referee to come into training to help us in that area, but we’ve got plenty to look at ourselves as well as that.

“The most disappointing aspect of the game was how we fell away, because even in the early moments of the second half we were only a score or two behind. We fell off a cliff, and I don’t really know why.

“We had a little period at the start of that half where we were in control of the game with a lot of good attacking field position, and if we’d managed to get a try or two from that then maybe it would have been different.

“The reality is we didn’t, and fair play to Worcester. Their confidence grew and grew, their big players stepped up and put on a bit of a show. Unfortunately we just stood there and watched rather than trying to stop them.”

Refusing to use the uncertainty around Worcester’s off-field situation as an excuse, he added: “There was a lot of emotion around the place with everything going on at Worcester, and we’d talked all week about not feeding that.

“We were waiting yesterday before we got on the bus to hear if the game was even on, but we’d talked about it all week and I thought we’d trained well. As the game wore on we didn’t sustain it, and we have to look at the reasons why.”

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