Vesty – We want a home semi-final

Warriors Transition Coach Sam Vesty insists he wants his Worcester Cavaliers side to secure a home semi-final in the Aviva A League by making it a clean sweep of wins when the youngsters take on Bristol United next Monday.

Cavaliers made it five wins out of five on Monday night after thrashing Newcastle Falcons 59-11 which means they need just one point at Cribbs Causeway next week to secure a home semi-final at Sixways.

He said: “We do need a point next week to guarantee a home semi-final and with us heading down to Bristol, it’s important we try and get one up on them.

“They’ll certainly want to beat us but the spirit our boys have got is immense and if we can keep that going, then that’s important for us to take forward into the knockout stages.”

The Cavaliers tore apart semi-final hopefuls Newcastle Falcons in an eight-try blitz in front of a healthy Sixways crowd on Monday night.

There were a number of star performances including that of winger Josh Drauniniu who provided a constant threat to the Falcons defence.

And Vesty paid tribute to the flying Fijian who picked up two tries and played a helping hand in several others to help Worcester to a comprehensive win.

Vesty admitted: “There was a lot riding on this game and that’s the pleasing thing – how the boys responded. We really turned the screw after the first 15 minutes and played some good rugby and we kept getting on the front foot and scoring tries.

“Josh was fantastic tonight and he took his chances well. His ability to beat someone with the ball is incredible and he did a lot of good, as did a number of others.”

With the Cavaliers having won all five of their Aviva A League games, and having beaten Oxford University in a friendly last month, Vesty believes the young squad have developed immensely during this first half of the season.

He added: “The A League is about expressing yourself and developing. The way this group have turned up all year and have won every game, just goes to show how far they’ve come.

“We’ve had a lot of young guys play in the squad and the Academy boys in particular will have learnt a lot from being alongside some of the experienced players.

“It hasn’t all been plain sailing. In fact, it has been a lot of hard work but they have all used this competition as a way of pushing for a place in the first-team.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve made it to the semi-finals and the fact that we’ve got a good second-string team shows that we’ve got a very good squad.

“Because we have so much competition for places it shows we are in a very healthy place.”