Spencer has Will to improve after epic win

It was a result that reverberated around English rugby.

Saturday, 25th February 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:44 pm
Worcester Warriors lock Will Spencer Picture: Joe Meredith Photography

The reigning Premiership and European champions deservedly toppled by relegation battlers.

But for the game’s stand-out player, it was the confirmation of something far sweeter than the glorious tale of the underdog.

Will Spencer was back on the big stage – and he is here to stay.

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Two years out of the game had been tough on the imposing 6ft 7in lock, but the former Petersfield colt is eager to make up for lost time.

Worcester’s stunning 24-18 win over Saracens earlier this month was not a bad place to put down a marker.

‘It was awesome,’ said Worcester News’ man-of-the-match Spencer.

‘We haven’t had the best of seasons so far in the prem and find ourselves not in the position we want to be in.

‘To beat Sarries was a massive win.

‘They have some unbelievable players and an unbelievable squad so for us to get the win over them was brilliant.

‘Those are the games when you are out of action you dream of playing in.’

Spencer, who fell out of favour at former club Bath before suffering lengthy shoulder and back injuries, played his belated first game for Worcester in December.

A handful of apperances later and he was centre stage against a side rated the best in the continent.

The hard-hitting 24-year-old, who grew up in Denmead, was understandably eager to savour the moment.

‘I spent a long time out of the game and it is tough, really tough not being able to do what you are paid to do.

‘So it has been nice to get a good run of games and starts and build some momentum.

‘The more you play, the more comfortable you feel on the pitch and the fitter you are, the more you can do.

‘I feel in a good place at the minute and hopefully it can continue.’

Worcester will now look to their man-mountain to help propel them up the Premiership table and away from relegation trouble.

And the early signs for Spencer and the Warriors, who sit six points above the drop zone and face Northampton Saints today, are promising under new director of rugby Gary Gold.

‘All my focus and it’s the same with all of the guys, is on keeping Worcester in the Premiership,’ said Spencer.

‘It’s great to beat Sarries but that’s pointless if we don’t back it up – there is a great belief in the squad, though.

‘We just have to show improvement, win as many games as we can and climb the ladder.’

Spencer, who has played for England at age-group level insists the senior set-up is not on his radar – for the moment.

He added: ‘To play for England is a dream, but for me it is still far off.

‘I have been out of the game a long time so right now I am just so happy to be back fit and playing.’