Marcel Garvey insists promotion comes before personal glory at Worcester Warriors
Last Friday’s defeat to Cornish Pirates was only the second time in nine games one of Worcester’s vaunted back three has not managed to inscribe his name on the scoresheet.
Indeed, the much-maligned Moseley wide defence should take confidence from the fact they were the first team to shut out a unit featuring three of the sharpest finishers in the Championship.
In qualification, it should be noted that Willie Walker was playing full back at Billesley Common with Tom Arscott, who did score, at outside centre.
But generally speaking, with 14 tries between them, the fleet-footed triumvirate of Arscott, Marcel Garvey and Miles Benjamin have been too hot to handle for most second tier rearguards.
Indeed, Richard Hill’s smiling face and contended chuckle at the mere mention of any of his strike-runners has been a regular feature of most post-match press conferences.
Nevertheless, Garvey disputes his head coach’s contention that the three of them are engaged in some sort of arms race to finish the season further up the scoring charts.
It seems that after 18 months of little more than kick chase and defence, the former Gloucester wing is just happy to be seeing some ball.
“I am not too fussed about the tries,” the 27-year-old insisted. “As long as I play well, the team keeps winning and we get promotion I will be happy.
“If I set Milo up for ten tries I will be just as happy as if I score ten tries, if I make the line-break and put him in that’s just as important.
“We seem to be linking well together, we need to do that as much as possible. The more times we get our hands on the ball, the more dangerous we will be for the team.
“We have got a lot of options too. We have Oriol Ripol to come in, Mike Penn, Chris Pennell. Any combination of that back three will work and I think we can all move anywhere in that back three.”
But Garvey is clearly the quickest and if there is to be a preference it has to be towards his right wing – an area Worcester are attacking with greater regularity.
“I seem to be getting the ball in my hands more,” he said. “In the Plymouth game, I got 24 touches of the ball and I have been averaging way above ten which is good.
“It’s a bit of the team playing differently and me doing different things. We have been given a bit of licence to get our hands on the ball. With the No 10s we have got, we only get good ball and the forwards have got a better platform.”
Which suggests night’s like last Friday will be few and far between.