Chris Pennell: Worcester Warriors better equipped to survive

Chris Pennell
Chris Pennell won his only England cap so far against New Zealand in June 2014

Worcester Warriors are better equipped to prosper in the Premiership this season than the last time they were there, says full-back Chris Pennell.

Warriors have beaten Northampton and lost to Sale in their first two games back in the top flight, after winning promotion from the Championship.

"It's been a positive start," Pennell, 28, told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"Hopefully, the players know from the first two games they are more than good enough to challenge at this level."

After a one-year absence, Worcester began life back in the Premiership with a nail-biting 13-12 victory over Northampton.

"When we were last in this league it took us an awful a long time to get our first win, so to do that first up is great," said England international Pennell.

"We're at our best with we've got our hands on the ball and we're playing multi-phase rugby.

Warriors hoping for better
Worcester lost their first 17 Premiership games of 2013-14 and were relegated with only two league wins all season.

"Where we're conceding points is by giving away silly penalties and, in this league, when teams kick to corners stopping driving mauls is very tough.

"We need to fine tune our discipline and not give them easy ride into the corners."

Warriors recruited heavily during the summer and added Georgia hooker Jaba Bregvadze to their squad earlier this week.

"This slow drip-feed of players coming in, and the quality that we're managing to bring in, is massively positive," said Pennell. "Competition for places is what this club needs."