WORCESTER Warriors' Sam Lewis admits it was a "sad" way to earn his 100 appearance for the club after the 24-14 Gallagher Premiership defeat to Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Saturday.

Warriors were handed their 18th straight league defeat after the home side scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes of the match.

Worcester scored two tries late on as they threw caution to the wind but ultimately, they were well beaten.

"Obviously proud to represent the club for 100 games but sad we didn't get the win," said Lewis.

"We didn't fire any shots in that first 40 and they beat us in every aspect but I said to the boys, I am proud of them coming back into it and fighting to the end.

"But we lost that first 40 and it was too big a mountain to climb.

"They (Newcastle) are a quality outfit and we needed to up our physicality. We talked about it during the week but we didn't bring it in that first half.

Despite the obviously disappointing result, Lewis explained that it has been a week that he won't forget.

"It's a proud week for me and my family and I want to thank all the boys for getting me there, so thank you to them.

"I love this league, playing for this club. I know it hasn't gone our way this season but hopefully things will change.

Warriors are due to finish their season next weekend at home against Gloucester but there remains a doubt over that fixture after a Covid breakout among the Cherry and Whites' squad.

Lewis made it clear that he is desperate for that game to go ahead.

"I want to play next week and right some wrongs in front of the Sixways crowd," he added.

"We want to play. I know it's been a long hard season but I just want to keep playing. Hopefully we can get it on and give the fans something to cheer for, but I'm chomping at the bit.

"I haven't played as much as I would have wanted this season if I'm honest, but there are boys who have been through about 20 plus games so we all need a break but hopefully we can have one more game next week."