Mike Ruddock didn't enjoy the description but revealed there would be something of the 'old Worcester' in evidence when London Wasps visit Sixways on Saturday.
After watching his team struggle to master his expansive game-plan against Bath last weekend, the Warriors director of rugby has promised a more 'simple' approach when the European champions come to a venue where they have yet to win.
Indeed, it is a strategy that has served them well. While Wasps have enjoyed running Worcester around the spaces of Adams Park, they have struggled to contain and break down the same opponents at home.
Last January's 3-3 stalemate was the best they have done and was considerably more profitable than the 37-8 stuffing they took in March last year.
Earlier this week skills coach Billy McGinty held what Ruddock referred to as a 'traditional overview' of what has worked against the Londoners and with that in mind Worcester will get back to basics on Saturday.
Ruddock said: "We are looking to take a simple approach to our game-plan, to do the basic things well and dominate the gain line. Early on we will use some pretty straightforward play so that we can build a successful platform up front. It is still our ambition to play rugby but we have got to do the simple things first.
"We have got to get a reputation for dominating teams at home and that starts on Saturday. They have got a blitz defence and we will have to take the space away before they take it from us and turn them with our kicking game.
"But we are going to respect them whatever team the put out. They are European champions, have a fine squad and have built their strength on that squad."
Wasps are without eight players who are away with England alone and in their season-opener against Saracens - which they lost 29-19 - they fielded only three internationals and a mere 19-caps worth of experience, a far cry from the days when Dallaglio, Dawson, Worsley et al gave the club a galactico appearance.
If Worcester's first task is to impose themselves on the visitors' pack, their second will be to demonstrate better handling skills than those in evidence at The Rec.
Ruddock concedes his first match in charge of Worcester was not one he will remember with much fondness, saying: "It's vital we bounce back. We were disappointed. We have gone through the game in great detail and looked at the mistakes that occurred.
"We made 20 significant errors or turnovers but we had an excellent share of possession - 59 per cent and 50 per cent of territory. We had enough ball but our error-count was too high and we put pressure on ourselves."
Ruddock hinted he would make several changes to his side this weekend and, apart from Tim Collier and Lee Best, has a full squad from which to choose.
Collier, however, is progressing well and should be available in five to six weeks. Nick Runciman and Dominic Feaunati are in contention for selection.