Worcester Warriors will have an inside track on Ospreys, their opponents in Round 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday, through two members of their coaching staff, but director of rugby Alan Solomons insisted the English club would be concentrating on themselves. 

The South African wants to ensure they don’t suffer a second consecutive defeat, after losing 24-20 at Pau last Saturday to a 78th minute try. 

“It was a sickening to lose like that and the lads were disappointed, but our line-out was good and our defence in the maul was also pretty good,” Solomons said. 

This weekend he will have the advantage of assistance from former Ospreys backs coach Matt Sherratt, who moved to Sixways Stadium this season, and forwards coach Jonathan Thomas, who played for the Welsh region between 2003 and 2013. 

However, Solomons said: “Having an idea about the way they play is always useful, but our main focus is on ourselves. 

“I don’t know a lot about them, but they do have some good quality players and they are a well-known club. 

“The important thing for us is that we focus on the way we want to play and what we want to get out of the game. We need to perform well for 80 minutes.”