LOOSEHEAD prop Ethan Waller has called on the Sixways faithful to make their voices heard when Worcester Warriors tackle Saracens in the semi-finals of Premiership Cup tonight (7.45pm).

Fans are set to flock to Sixways this evening hoping to see Warriors move one step closer to winning their first major domestic competition.

Waller said he was “massively excited” for the historic clash and expressed his determination to “come out with a bang”.

But the 26-year-old insisted the supporters would also play a huge part as he urged them to roar Warriors to victory over the Premiership champions.


The winner will face either Northampton Saints or Newcastle Falcons in the final on March 17.

“When the crowd is at full capacity and they are roaring it is something else,” Waller said.

“I don’t think we would have had that same result against Bath without the noise of the supporters.

“I was on the pitch for those extra 20 minutes and there was nothing like having loads of fans screaming for the Warriors.

“Atmospheres on a Friday night are always special but with it being the first semi-final we have had in a long time the noise that they can make can give the lads that extra drive.

“It will be a massive advantage for us.”

Warriors won three of their four matches to top Pool Two but their only defeat came against Saracens, losing 34-22 in November.

They also let slip an early 14-0 lead to lose 25-17 at Allianz Park in the Gallagher Premiership in December but Waller is optimistic over his side’s chances.

“We know the quality of Saracens. Their reputation in Europe and in the Premiership speaks for itself,” Waller said.

“But at the same time they are not unbeatable team.

“We have run them close a couple of times and our own errors have really let us down in those games.

“We have had a fantastic training week so we are going to come out with a bang and hopefully the 16th man will give us a real boost.”

With an eye on next week’s Premiership trip to Harlequins Warriors have opted to rest the likes of wing Bryce Heem, scrum-half Francois Hougaard and centre Ryan Mills.

But Waller added: “We went away to Stade Francais and Ospreys with what some people would view as not our Premiership team and we managed to win.

“We can really say that this squad has got such an inner belief and strength that we can give anyone a good run.”

Warriors are on a run of four successive victories but three of those wins required second-half fightbacks and they needed a strong final 40 minutes to see off Wasps 35-23 last Sunday.

“We have shown that we can come back from deficits but it is not really the ideal situation,” Waller said.

“The next stepping stone for us is to really start with a bang, get that lead and hold onto it.”