Ruddock unsure over future
April 25, 2010
Worcester are facing up to life outside the top flight © Getty Images
Worcester coach Mike Ruddock refused to be drawn on his future following his side's relegation from the Guinness Premiership.
The Warriors fell to Leeds 12-10 at Headingley to end a six-season stay in the top flight, heaping further pressure on Ruddock and his coaching staff.
"Who knows? I will have a chat with the chairman (Cecil Duckworth) and see what he thinks, but today is just to reflect upon a game that has slipped away," he said. "We've just had a major disappointment and those are not the things I want to talk about and if I do want to talk about them, I will talk about them with the chairman.
"Take nothing away from Leeds. It was an excellent win for them and they have picked up some big victories here. They battled for that victory but we scored the only try and we had the chances to win that game, and we missed a few kicks at goal.
"I could have done with my skipper (Pat Sanderson, who failed a late fitness test) really to see us through those final 10 minutes. That's been the story of the season. We have conceded fewer tries than Leeds and scored more tries than Leeds but they have closed out their wins.
"In 60% of the games we have lost this season we have been within seven points of the other side. The ability to go toe-to-toe with sides has been there but we have not been able to hold on for victories and keep collecting the wins and we paid the price today."
Leeds coach Neil Back was pleased to have won, although he was far from happy with his men's performance.
"It's not the way we wanted to win, in terms of execution we were poor, but you can accept that as today was about winning," he said."If we were to review that game it would be painful. We are better than that but we would take it."
Leeds also confirmed immediately after the game that veteran scrum-half Andy Gomarsall is to leave the club, along with dual code international Henry Paul, prop Peter Bucknall, fly-half Jason Strange, scrum-half Joe Bedford and prop Tommy McGee.
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