Cavaliers set for crunch fixtures

Cavaliers face Wasps A at Sixway on Monday (kick-off 7.30pm) in the first of two matches which will determine whether they will qualify for the semi-finals of the Premiership Rugby Shield.

An impressive victory over a powerful Northampton Wanderers last Monday moved Cavaliers into joint second place in the Northern Conference and a win against Wasps would strengthen their position.

Cavaliers still have to travel to table toppers Newcastle Falcons, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, on April 22 but Newcastle could do them a favour by beating Northampton Wanderers at Franklin’s Gardens on Monday.

“We have got a huge challenge over the next couple of matches,” said Three Pears Warriors Academy coach Gordon Ross.

“We need to turn up again against Wasps on Monday. They have done really well over the last few weeks and it will be a tougher game than the one we had down there at the start of the season.

“We have two good games coming up. We have seen over the last few weeks more and more teams getting players back and the standard is improving across the board.

“We are also getting youngsters putting their hands up to get selected at senior level.

“All teams at some point will struggle to get their own players. You rely on loan players coming in but we have been very fortunate as a club with the guys who have come in.

“They have stepped up, their attitude has been excellent, they have bought into what we are trying to do and it’s made it a really enjoyable experience for the boys.”

Gareth Simpson, a scrum-half or fly-half, who has been on trial with Warriors since Christmas while playing for Stourbridge in National Two North is one of the players that have trained regularly with the Warriors squad.

All members of the Three Pears Academy also train fully with the first team, experience which Ross believes is invaluable in their development.

“Over the last two years we had ten to 15 guys from the Academy get opportunities at first team level. That’s what the Academy is there for,” Ross said.

“Training with the senior guys every day makes a big difference. It gives them opportunities to see what it’s like to play at the top level.

“The senior players are very good at handing on advice as well. The young guys have taken it on board as well.

“You can see from the way they perform how hungry they are to do well. It makes a big difference to the group.”