Worcester Warriors head to a date with high-flying Saracens at Wembley next week confident they can press on from a good LV= Cup victory over London Irish.
The Exiles saw their slim chances of qualifying for the semi-finals crushed as they produced little resistence against Worcester, who should have won by far more than the 19-9 scoreline. Worcester wing Chris Pennell scored the only try of the game in the first half, while fly-half Willie Walker booted four penalties plus a conversion against penalties from Ryan Lamb and Peter Hewatt for Irish.
Worcester skills and backs coach Billy McGinty said: "Obviously it was a welcome win but ever since we finished the last round of Guinness Premiership matches we have tried to rest people."
He added: "Last week at Gloucester was the first time that everyone has come back together as a team and we were really disappointed in our performance, but we have worked on a lot of things and we are pleased now.
"You get a win and you gain some confidence. We are aiming towards next week and we will be able to take it forward."
Worcester could have scored more tries but for dropped balls at vital times.
McGinty added: "A lot of teams who gain momentum and gain confidence take those opportunities.
"I thought we played exceptionally well in the first 30 minutes, some good rugby, and the lads will build on that.
"Tony Windo (forwards coach) will be pleased with the way the set pieces went."