BOSS Alan Solomons insists Worcester Warriors have been working hard to ensure they do not come unstuck against Bath’s “vigorous” lineout operators at Sixways today (3pm).

The set-piece creaked badly when the two sides met at The Rec in November with Warriors losing five of their 13 lineouts.

Solomons admitted it was the main difference on the day as locks Elliott Stooke and Dave Attwood caused Worcester a heap of problems in the 28-13 defeat.

But Warriors’ lineout ran smoothly in the 25-17 loss at Saracens last Saturday and Solomons has backed his forward pack to deliver once again.

“Our lineout didn’t function well (at Bath) but we have worked hard at getting it right,” Solomons said.

“That was the key difference on that particular day.

“I also thought they edged us in the physicality stakes but we are looking forward to the return match.

“At home Bath contested vigorously in the lineout so of course it will be a key factor as it is your platform.

“Our scrum performed well against Northampton and Saracens but obviously Bath have a good scrum.

“In every Premiership match all facets of your game are tested because of the level of the competition.”

Solomons said his players were also driven to get back to winning ways at Sixways after being trounced 32-6 by Northampton Saints in their previous home clash.

But he insisted Bath had gained “a lot of confidence” in recent weeks as victories over Wasps and Leicester Tigers have seen the Somerset side climb to fifth place.

“Everyone is motivated to put in a really good performance,” Solomons said.

“But we know that they are good opposition.

“They have hit a rich vein of form and done really well in their past two games.

“We know it will be a massive challenge but we are looking forward to it.”

Last weekend saw Warriors burst out of the traps with Duncan Weir and Ben Te’o going over in the opening 14 minutes at Sarries.

Solomons said his team played a “balanced and constructive” game and was hoping for more of the same against Bath.

“We ran when it was on to run and we kicked when we should have kicked,” Solomons added.

“We did the right things at the right times and we have got to take that first-half performance as how we have got to look to play for 80 minutes.

“We have always said we want to play good, balanced rugby.”