Gloucester seek change of fortunes against Worcester Warriors

Johan Ackermann is wary of a stiff fight from Worcester Warriors
Johan Ackermann is wary of a stiff fight from Worcester Warriors

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann is hoping for his club to return back to winning ways when they take on Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm on Friday.

After opening the season with a 28-21 win over Exeter Chiefs at home, the Cherry and Whites have suffered back to back defeats on the road against Harlequins and Leicester Tigers and are positioned 10th in the table.

Meanwhile, Worcester Warriors are yet to win a game this season and Ackermann is expecting the Sixways outfit to come out all guns firing.

"We were disappointed with our performance in the last two weeks and we hope to give our supporters a much better performance at home," the Gloucester head coach told the club's official website.

"We must get the whole group to learn quicker and there is no quick fix but then again we have to learn and be able to respond.

"I'm a big believer that we must be able to play anywhere at any time and be able to perform at your standards. I don't want to use 'away from home' as an excuse and I don't like that.

"I don't put too much value on the jersey that you play against. If I say that I respect the opposition that value is high but I don't think that if you play a certain team you must be so much more motivated than the next team.

"They're going to come and they're desperate with all guns firing and will want to change their season as well.

"We're just going to have to look at ourselves and ask 'are we going to play from the first minute instead of waiting for the second half again'."

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