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Hill demands response in LV= Cup

By Geoff Berkeley Friday 01 February 2013 Updated: 01/02 16:57

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HEAD coach Richard Hill has made five changes to the starting line-up as Worcester Warriors aim to end their LV= Cup campaign on a high when they entertain Saracens at Sixways tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

Last week's 46-24 trouncing at London Irish has left Warriors joint bottom of Pool Two and five points off Sale Sharks in the race for top spot.

But Hill, who has recalled fly half Andy Goode and Chris Pennell, has urged his side to put the disappointing performance at Madejski Stadium behind them and secure a morale-boosting win over Sarries.

"Qualification is hard and we need to get a win while other results are out of our hands," Hill said. "But we still need a good performance going into the resumption of the Aviva Premiership.

"Last weekend our set piece was good and our attack play was promising as we scored three tries away from home in the second half. Our discipline, by only conceding ten penalties, was also encouraging.

"Our defence was not as strong as it should be, but that has been addressed this week and there is no doubt about that.

"Phil Larder has been in and the players are under no illusions that that performance was totally unacceptable. It will be put right."

James Percival, who came off the bench to score against London Irish, returns to captain the side, while hooker Aleki Lutui and prop John Andress are also called-up into the front row.

Hill added: "You have to use the cup games to try out things and work on your attacking game. The tries we are scoring now are not as a result of opposition mistakes, ours are well worked scores and that is very important. We now need to address the balance between defence and attack and get the right result."

Warriors' side to face Saracens: Pennell, Drauniniu, Clarke, Matavesi, Lemi, Goode, Arr, Jones, Lutui, Andress, Percival (c), Gillies, De Carpentier, Abbott, Cowan

Replacements: Shervington, O’Donnell, Currie, Kvesic, Best, Hodgson, Gray, Short

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