DIRECTOR of rugby Roy Davies believes progression has been made by Worcester Valkyries in the Tyrrells Premier 15s this season.

Valkyries have had a tough start to the campaign with four defeats to their name.

But performances have been much-improved from last season and Davies’ side are up and running after securing two bonus points.

Davies said: “I know the players have got ability.

"Our challenge before has been experience.

"But I’d like to get to a point where we stop talking about how young they are and talk about how good they are, otherwise we’ll be doing them a disservice.

“Last year the players were 17 and 18-years-old.

"But those same players now each have more than 18 games of Premiership rugby under their belts which is progression in itself.”

Davies has also spoken about changing the mentality at the club and how the more senior players have helped.

“Lark Davies, in terms of the way she leads, has been fantastic – I can’t speak highly enough of her," he continued.

“We’ve also got more Premiership experience with Lydia Thompson and Laura Keates returning.

"They haven’t played much rugby yet but that leadership around the place has been really good.”

Valkyries welcome Harlequins Ladies to Sixways on Saturday (2pm).

Davies added: “I think everyone that’s come into the environment this year has stepped it up that little bit.

“But it’s not enough for us just to compete – we’ve got to take that to the next level in order to win games.”