Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Worcester Showdown Has Real Six Appeal for Falcons' Ace; Hammersley Confident Side Can DEFEATWARRIORS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Worcester Showdown Has Real Six Appeal for Falcons' Ace; Hammersley Confident Side Can DEFEATWARRIORS

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FULL-BACK Simon Hammersley says he and his fellow Newcastle Falcons will be paying full respect to Worcester Warriors as they make the Gallagher Premiership trip to Sixways tomorrow.

Both sides remain winless after the opening two rounds of league action, Hammersley insisting the Falcons have a few 'easy fixes' to bounce back from losses against champions Saracens and a rejuvenated Leicester Tigers.

"It has been a so-so start to the season," said the Yorkshireman. "We felt Saracens at home was a game we could have won but we left a few chances out there and to be fair to them they can strangle teams.

"That was a bit disappointing, and Leicester likewise because for all we produced in attack we just didn't defend.

"We're pleased in the sense we've shown we can score tries but we know we need to step it up.

"Defensively we've been working hard at ironing out the errors and we don't feel we're far away.

"In terms of our league position after two games I don't think any of the boys will have even looked at it.

"The fixture list meant it was always going to be a tough start and the biggest disappointment has been in terms of us as individuals executing our skills.

"The coaching team has put in place the correct game plans and we haven't been able to deliver them well enough, so it's a case of us as players shouldering that in terms of our concentration and discipline to keep doing our own jobs.

"The good thing is they are all things which are easily fixed and we're confident we can go down to Worcester and turn them over."

The Warriors have also suffered a pair of defeats to kick off the new campaign, Hammersley adding: "Worcester have had two close losses to good sides in Wasps and Sale and we have to take them seriously.

"Pundits at the start of the season will always pick out teams who they think will struggle and in past years we've been among those names. …

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