Worcester Warriors may have been involved in the Aviva Premiership Rugby relegation dogfight for most of this season but Cooper Vuna insists it is Bath Rugby – not bottom-of-the-table London Irish – who are in their sights.
Dean Ryan’s men appear to have turned a corner with three consecutive wins and go into tomorrow’s clash with London Irish knowing that victory would all-but secure their Aviva Premiership Rugby status.
Vuna knows they are not out of it just yet but stated Worcester are confident they can overtake one of Aviva Premiership’s most established clubs, Bath Rugby – who are three points ahead with a game in hand.
The former Australia wing said: “We are looking up and trying to chase Bath who are not far away from us.
“It does not help that Irish won their game against Gloucester Rugby last week and they will always be there but we have a massive game this weekend and it is a massive chance to take that away from them by beating them at home.
“The boys are doing well. We are just taking it week by week and just keep trying to prove ourselves against most of the sides.
“We have been doing the good things right. We played well against Newcastle and it is not an easy place to play at their ground considering their home record.
“After that win we told ourselves that we can be higher than we are so let’s try to aim for that and play as well as we can week in, week out.”
Vuna is set to return to Worcester’s back three for the huge clash with London Irish at Sixways tomorrow, looking to add to his five tries in the Aviva Premiership this season.
The 28-year-old made an immediate impact when he joined from Japanese side Toshiba Brave Lupus in March last year, as he helped the club secure promotion.
But despite being the Warriors’ joint top try-scorer in this campaign, Vuna said: “My own season has been ok. I had a good start but coming towards the middle part, I had a few niggles and I still have a few niggles now.
“So I was given a rest against Harlequins last weekend and the guys who do fill in the wing spots do an awesome job.
“I need to try to maintain my spot and play week in, week out again and finish the season strongly.”
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