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Warriors set to attack Saracens

By Geoff Berkeley Friday 23 November 2012 Updated: 23/11 15:43

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WORCESTER Warriors are set to go on the attack as they look to convert a “golden opportunity” against an understrength Saracens side in their Aviva Premiership clash at Sixways tonight (Friday, 8pm).

The visitors will be without a host of first team regulars due to the autumn internationals, with the likes of Chris Ashton, Owen Farrell and Alex Goode all on England duty.

Warriors head coach Richard Hill, who has made a number of changes to the side that slumped to a heavy defeat at Exeter Chiefs, said his team had a superb chance to kick off a crucial set of fixtures.

“We couldn’t wish for a better time to face Saracens,” Hill said.

“They are a top four team and have got a very good squad, but you can’t get away from the fact that we are quite fortunate to be playing them at this stage when they are understrength, so it is a golden opportunity to get a result.”

Joe Carlisle has been named at inside centre, where he will partner Fiji international Josh Matavesi, while a new-look combination out wide will see Nikki Walker and Errie Claassens on the wings.

James Percival will captain the side in place of Dean Schofield, who drops to the bench, as he partners Chris Jones at second row.

Two changes in the back row see former Ireland international Neil Best make his first league start of the season while powerful number eight Semisi Taulava has also been recalled.

Hill added: “Our selection is geared towards attack and we have made several changes. We need to go and attack the opposition and do that with some confidence.

“I’m looking for big ball carriers in the forwards and have put a talented attacking team out in the three-quarters.”

Warriors' side to face Saracens: Pennell, Walker, Matavesi, Carlisle, Claassens, Goode, Hodgson, Jones, Shervington, Andress, Percival (c), Jones, Best, Kvesic, Taulava

Replacements: Lutui, O’Donnell, Currie, Schofield, Betty, Arr, Grove, Short

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