Worcester’s Gary Gold knows defeat against Bristol could prove costly in relegation battle

Worcester's Gary Gold knows defeat against Bristol could prove costlyGETTY

Worcester's Gary Gold knows defeat against Bristol could prove costly

The Warriors director of rugby, brought in six weeks ago to try to preserve the club’s Premiership status, saw bottom-placed Bristol pull to within two points with last week’s dramatic 12-11 win over Bath.

“It is a big game, there is no doubt about that, and the consequences are big,” said Gold. “It is another game though and we must be careful we don’t get thrown off course by that.

“There are things this team can do really well and there are things we don’t do well and in the week of a game of this magnitude, where there are opportunities to win because we’re not playing against a team that is unbeatable, it’s important we understand we have to be ruthless.”

Just two points seperate Worcester and Bristol at the bottom of the tableGETTY

Just two points seperate Worcester and Bristol at the bottom of the table

Worcester have a slightly more testing run-in with three of their final five games on the road after this weekend. Bristol have three home games including winnable fixtures against Gloucester and Newcastle.

Whoever does go down will at least do so in the knowledge they will not have to face the dreaded Championship play-offs in order to come back up.

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Championship leaders London Irish, who have already qualified for this season’s play-offs, travel to second-placed Yorkshire Carnegie this afternoon.

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