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Aviva Premiership: Dean Ryan admits Worcester were well beaten by Harlequins

Last Updated: 21/09/13 7:36am

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Dean Ryan could only watch as Harlequins ran riot at Sixways

Dean Ryan could only watch as Harlequins ran riot at Sixways

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Worcester Warriors head coach Dean Ryan admits his side were 'well beaten' by Harlequins as they suffered a 37-13 defeat in the Aviva Premiership on Friday night.

First-half tries from England internationals Danny Care and Joe Marler left Worcester with a mountain to climb, but they could find no way back as Robshaw dominated the close-quarter exchanges and repeatedly secured possession for his team.

Three yellow cards during the opening 50 minutes did not help Worcester's cause, but they were outclassed by a slick Quins outfit as second-half touchdowns followed for hooker Rob Buchanan and full-back Mike Brown before substitute Ben Botica added a penalty in the dying seconds.

Defensive frailties were aplenty for Worcester as the Warriors slumped to one of their heaviest home losses in the Premiership ahead of next weekend's Adams Park appointment with Wasps before hosting promoted Newcastle.

"The scoreline was a true reflection," said Worcester rugby director Ryan, following his team's third successive league defeat of the season.

"Let's not try to dress it up, we were well beaten within 50 minutes. We can't cope with that intensity."
Dean Ryan


"Let's not try to dress it up, we were well beaten within 50 minutes. We can't cope with that intensity.

"We didn't have an answer to their off-loading game, and when you are under that much stress, something is going to give. We went down to 14 men, and it just gets harder and harder."

Quins had a bonus point safely pouched less than halfway through the second period, such was Worcester's lacklustre performance, as the Londoners bounced back from their round two defeat.

"In the second half we showed an awful lot of courage and worked really hard to try to stay in the game, but we were second tonight by some distance," he added.

"That was a top of the table side that found some form tonight. It was as sharp as I have seen them for a while."

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