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Aviva Premiership: Worcester's Dean Ryan positive despite Welford Road defeat

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Aviva Premiership: Worcester's Dean Ryan positive despite Welford Road defeat

Dean Ryan remains upbeat despite opening day defeat

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New Worcester coach Dean Ryan tried to look on the positives after his team were beaten 32-15 by Leicester in the opening weekend of the Premiership season at Welford Road.

The hosts led 25-3 shortly after the break before the Warriors staged a mini-recovery in the second half.

Ryan stressed: "At half-time I said let's be more direct and get field position and we will get something out of it, and we did.

"Half-way through the game we could have crawled under a rock and got a good beating.

"But we didn't. We came back and their 10 point lead looked pretty fragile for a while.

"I am looking for character and behaviours that will underpin the club for a two-year period and that second half was a great start. I am really proud of the guys.

"We are not a Leicester squad, we don't roll internationals off the bench. But

I think we are a courageous squad and we will work really hard, which was illustrated today."

Backs coach Paul Burke, who attended the after match press conference in place of director of rugby Richard Cockerill who is suspended, added: "When you play at home to Worcester - and no disrespect to them - everyone expects you to get a bonus point.

"Is it a point lost if you don't get a bonus point? Worcester made it difficult for us, they are a good side, they are coached well and they will cause teams a lot of problems this season.

"I am very happy with the bonus point but I am disappointed with our performance at times in the second half."

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