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Fresh from last weekend’s dramatic late win over Bedford, London Welsh now turn their attention to Worcester at Sixways next Saturday (3pm), with penalty goal hero Gordon Ross revealing he’s a huge admirer of the Championship leaders.

The 32-year-old former Scotland international’s 79th minute penalty gave Welsh a 25-22 win over the Blues at Old Deer Park, but Ross knows the Dragons will have to surpass that performance if they are to come away with anything on Saturday.

The Warriors lead the table by 20 points having lost just once all season - to the Cornish Pirates last October at Sixways – but have won their last 11 in the league since that surprise home defeat.

“I don’t think Worcester get enough credit,” said Ross. “You’ve got to respect them because they’ve only lost one game.

“They’re winning games but they’ve not only got the ability to win games through the forwards, they’ve also got an exciting back line as well.”

When the two sides met earlier in the season at Old Deer Park they served up a cracker, which Worcester edged 33-29, and Ross is expecting something similar on Saturday.

“We’ve got to go out there with a positive attitude and look to play because they are such a big physical side. You’re not going to beat them in a dogfight so you’ve got to go there and look to play rugby,” he said.

Last Saturday’s win over Bedford ended a two-match losing run for the Dragons in the Championship, which had threatened to see Welsh lose momentum at the just the wrong time with the play-offs looming fast on the horizon.

“Against Bristol we did a lot of good things in the first half, but didn’t take our chances,” said Ross.

“Instead of going in at half-time maybe five or ten points ahead we four points down and then gave away a soft try at the start of the second half, and all of a sudden we’re chasing the game.

“It was good for us to win a game like that [Bedford] where it was close because a lot of our defeats this season we’ve lost fairly narrowly, and we’ve not been able to get the rub of the green at the end.”

Welsh led the Blues at the break by virtue of a Ross penalty after tries for the home side by Errie Claassens and Michael Hills were cancelled out by Bedford skipper Dan Richmond and a penalty try.

Myles Dorrian’s early second half try saw Bedford edge ahead but Paul Sampson raced clear to snatch the lead back for the Dragons.

Edd Thrower’s try 13 minutes from time levelled the scores, but James Pritchard couldn’t add the conversion and Ross stepped up late on to give Welsh the points in a thrilling climax.

“It [the kick] was alright! I got a little assistance from the wind, so I can’t complain. It certainly helped,” said Ross.

“I spoke to the referee and there was just over a minute to go and I was quite confident that if I got the ball high enough the wind would take it over. So I backed myself and thankfully it paid off.

“The kick can only go down to Hudson’s [Tonga’uiha] tackle on their number eight – he absolutely smashed him. So far play to him, great tackle, and I think we’ve got to thank him for that.

“The win was the main thing but we’ve also got to look at our first half performance when into the wind we played some absolutely outstanding rugby and scored two great tries by keeping the ball.

“One we ran from our own 22 not far from our tryline, and that’s something we’ve not done for a while. But we had the confidence to do it and we kept the ball really well at times.”

It wasn’t all positives, though, for the Dragons and Ross, with the Welsh number ten keen to point out that despite the result there was plenty for the home side to work on before Saturday’s visit to Worcester.

“The second half performance was a bit disappointing because at times we had good field position but gave the ball away a bit cheaply, and two or three times we gave away a couple of soft penalties just five metres from their line,” said Ross.

“Just like at Bristol we gave away a succession of penalties when we’ve had the opposition under pressure - we’ve not kept our discipline when we’re in a good attacking position. That’s something we’ve got to do and not compound our errors with ill discipline.”

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