Worcester Cavaliers skipper Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier insists the club has what it takes to cut it at the Aviva Premiership Rugby level, after his side’s stunning Aviva A League run ended in disappointment.
The Cavaliers were defeated 27-19 in Monday’s final by a strong Saracens Storm outfit, after the visitors made a blistering start scoring three times in the opening 30 minutes.
Worcester, cheered on by a 4,000-strong crowd at a sodden Sixways, surged back into the match with Bruzulier and James Stephenson adding to a penalty try, but the hosts could not halt the boot of Ben Spencer, who kicked the Storm home.
And with the first team flying high in the Championship, Bruzulier is adamant the club has shown it has the strength in depth to compete with the best in English rugby.
“Our aim is obviously to show we are good enough to compete against Premiership players, and as a club we’ve always said we want to be playing at the top level,” he said.
“Since the start of this A League journey we have beaten big Premiership clubs like Northampton and Gloucester, and to give such a good performance again against a top team like Saracens, I think we’ve done really well.
“We’re obviously gutted not to get the win for our fans tonight, but no-one expected us to get this far in the competition.
“We played our hearts out, we played for the club, and we’re really disappointed to have come off second-best.
“We didn’t play the conditions too well in the first 20 minutes, and they took advantage of that. But to come back into the game and battle like we did shows great character from the team and we did the club proud.
“We’ve got a cracking first team that are winning games in the Championship, and to back that up we have a great second-team as well. Everyone wants to succeed at the club, and that is what is pushing us forwards.”
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