Dean Ryan hopeful of survival

Worcester Warriors coach Dean Ryan maintains that his side can avoid relegation following their 17-12 victory against Newcastle Falcons.

Dean Ryan has maintained that Worcester Warriors can avoid relegation this season following their victory against fellow strugglers Newcastle Falcons.

The Warriors, who came out 17-12 winners at Kingston Park, climbed within nine points of their opponents in the Aviva Premiership table with the win.

"We've got some tough opposition to come, but let's see what a win does to us and if it takes off that suffocating pressure we've been under," Ryan is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"Of course we can [avoid relegation]. If we hadn't won today we would have been really up against it. We have to get a win somewhere, a bonus point or two and get it in the last game of the season. Things go weird on the last day of the season.

"We're not pretending we're suddenly a top-six side or any rubbish like that, but we've become a pretty strong group and that's the first place to start for us to move forward."

Worcester are back in action in a fortnight's time when they face Exeter Chiefs at Sixways.

Worcester Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan photographed on September 8, 2013
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