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Warriors urged to learn from French resolution
RICHARD de Carpentier has challenged Worcester Warriors to build on their battling draw in France and improve as the season goes on.
The former Leic-ester Tigers back-rower has been sidelined for much of this season, but made his comeback in the ‘A’ League, before stepping up his progress with 80 minutes in the 9-9 Amlin Challenge Cup (ACC) draw at Oyonnax.
De Carpentier feels there were positive signs in the draw away to a side that have already beaten Clermont, Toulon and Castres on home soil in the Top 14 this term.
The 23-year-old, who is delighted to be back playing again, is hoping to be involved again today when Sale Sharks come to Sixways for round two of the ACC.
He said: “It feels like I’ve been out for a long time, so it was good to be back involved, especially in a first-team capacity. I’ve been involved in the ‘A’ League, but nothing feels as good as playing first-team rugby.
“I think the team went well, we came together. We’ve been waiting for a performance and hopefully we can kick on from that performance out in France – where we got a couple of points – and move on. Going over to France in those poor conditions against big forwards, the physicality was up there. I was feeling it a bit on Sunday, but I’ve recovered and hope to be back in today against Sale.”
He added: “It was a good team performance in France and it’s easy to play well in a good team performance. Hopefully, the front five can do a job again and make the back row look good and the backs even better.
“Sale at home is always a big game, especially as I come from up north, so to play against any Sale team will be good.
“We can use the fact that we’ve got them five times this season to our advantage. I know they’ve got a lot of different line-out calls and a lot of variations, so hopefully we can read into that and get a read on it.
“Sale proved their strength with their two penalty tries against a strong Biarritz team, but fingers crossed we can get a good result at Sixways.
“I’m looking to break into the team and I want to keep my spot for longer. I want to push on for our game with Exeter the week after as well.”
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