WORCESTER Warriors face the daunting trip to Sandy Park this weekend as they go in search of what would be a huge shock against the reigning Premiership and European champions Exeter Chiefs (3pm kick-off).

Worcester have lost 14 Gallagher Premiership matches in a row and are still trying to bring that horrendous run to an end.

They couldn't have come much closer last time out against Sale at Sixways; leading for 68 minutes of the game before a late surge from the visitors looked to have put the game to bed but Warriors stayed in the hunt the whole way and could have won it with the last play.

Worcester have only ever won once at Sandy Park, back in 2018 when a couple of Chris Pennell penalties secured a famous 5-6 win, and were well beaten last time Warriors made the trip down south.

The visitors made wholesale changes for that fixture and Chiefs ran riot, scoring 59 points to Worcester's seven.

Warriors did come close against the reigning champions earlier this year when collecting a losing bonus-point at Sixways in the narrow 17-21 defeat.

Head coach Jonathan Thomas suggests his side can take comfort from that performance but admits Sandy Park is a very tough place to go.

"We gave Exeter a really tough game at home in January," he said.

"But it's fortress Sandy Park isn't it. We are always excited for these opportunities against the best teams.

"The weather looks to be a wet, windy day, it usually is down there so we will have to adapt to that but we are looking forward to the challenge

"It's always forwards orientated when you play Exeter. You know you are going to have to make a lot of tackles - they have a lot of big men running at you, mauling, scumming against you, so we know it's going to be a big ask.

"Our kicking game and defence will be massively important."

There are four games remaining in the 2020/21 campaign after this weekend and Thomas says his side are "determined" to finish on a high.

"We have two tough games on the road coming up in Chiefs and Wasps," he added.

"Then we have Leicester at home, Newcastle away and Gloucester at home so we feel we have opportunities to win games in these last five games and we are determined to finish on a high.

"There has been so much effort from everyone at the club; players, coaches, backroom staff, for very little reward so it would be nice to finish on a positive."