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Aviva Premiership
Dean Ryan adamant Worcester can avoid relegation
ESPN Staff
January 3, 2014
Worcester's Chris Pennell has been sensational this season © Getty Images
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Despite not having won a game in the Aviva Premiership this season, Worcester Warriors boss Dean Ryan is adamant his side can avoid the drop.

This weekend sees the Warriors come up against eleventh-placed London Irish in Reading, a side 10 points ahead of Ryan's men. A win for Worcester could cut the deficit to as little as five points but if Brian Smith's London Irish get the all-important victory, they could stretch their lead between 11th and 12th to 15 points.

For Ryan, who has bolstered his squad with Cardiff Blues No.8 Andries Pretorius ahead of next season, he feels the culture in his group of players is good enough to see his team avoid relegation.

"We have what it takes to get us out of this position," Ryan said. "For a side that hasn't got a win on the board, we couldn't be in better shape or better spirits. We've learnt how to deal with things instead of thinking it is the end of the world.

"In the last five or six games we have been consistently competitive against significant opposition. We have improved dramatically defensively. We've improved our cohesion and we understand what we're trying to do collectively. We weren't any of those things at the beginning.

"We are in a fight until the end of the season, and we are all focused on doing our jobs."

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