Richard de Carpentier says Worcester Cavaliers are desperate to make home advantage count in Monday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby A League Final against Saracens Storm at Sixways.
The Cavaliers secured their place with a battling victory over Bath United on 5 January – coming from behind at half-time to secure a 37-26 win.
Tries from Bath’s Rich Lane and Marcus Beer edged out James Percival's opener for the Cavaliers but a powerful second-half display saw Josh Drauniniu, Mat Gilbert, Leonardo Senatore and Charlie Mulchrone get on the scoresheet for the hosts.
It helped secure Worcester their first-ever Aviva A League Final appearance and flanker De Carpentier is keen to give the Sixways faithful another reason to cheer.
“It would be great to win it in front of our home fans,” he said. “They have been fantastic throughout the Aviva Premiership Rugby A League coming out on a Monday night so winning it would be a great reward for them.
“It’s great to get to that final, it will be a tough test against Saracens and we won’t be underestimating them.
“As a group of players, we have really enjoyed this run to the final. We have really bonded and it’s been a great chance to get game time. We are full of confidence and everyone will be going out there to put in maximum effort to hopefully come away with a win.
“It was a tough game against Bath. At half-time we were 13-10 down and had not really got out of the blocks. But we kicked on in the second half and it was a great team performance.”
Cavaliers have been in sensational form in the Aviva Premiership Rugby A League this season, winning all seven of their games so far and 24-year-old De Carpentier insists Worcester’s whole squad will benefit from the experience of making it to Monday’s showpiece.
“We’ve got a big squad at Worcester and Dean Ryan has given the young lads a chance this season and that has pushed up standards,” he added.
“When we have a chance to get on the field, whether that’s first team or in the A league, everyone has been eager to take their chance.
“It’s also been good to test ourselves against players who are in a similar position to us, and players that are at Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs too.”
The Aviva Premiership Rugby A League Final between Worcester Cavaliers and Saracens Storm will be at Sixways, Worcester at 7.30pm on Monday, 12 January. A free ticket can be reserved on 01905 459309, at the Warriors Box Office or via www.warriors.co.uk/tickets. Supporters are asked to make a voluntary donation of £2 on the gate, which will go to the Worcester Community Foundation.