Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Ryan relieved to finally take win

Dean Ryan's Worcester picked up their first win of the campaign on Friday night

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan was a relieved man after the 21-16 LV= Cup victory at Cardiff Blues which provided his club with their first success of the season.

But Ryan stressed it was not an end to the problems at the struggling Aviva Premiership club.

"Let's not pretend we've solved everything tonight," said Ryan.

"But we've got a win and we've got a few youngsters playing - and that's good."

Ryan saw the encounter as a game of two halves.

"I thought the first-half performance was excellent, " he said.

"But the second half showed some of our vulnerabilities under pressure and that just shows where we are and how we're growing.

"We had to make a few changes in the second half, which didn't help our momentum, but to come away from here and get a result is very pleasing."

Blues defence coach Dale McIntosh considered the match turned on some less than impressive tackling early on in the encounter.

"We let them into the game by missing one-on-one tackles," said the former Wales No 8, himself one of the most destructive defenders of his era.

"Our systems were fine, but we allowed them to build a lead and it was a big job to pull it back.

"But their attitude and intent in the second half were excellent.

"We need to get these young players used to the idea that they have to play with that determination from the beginning and maintain it for 80 minutes."

Worcesteer scored their tries through Jake Abbott, James Stephenson and Max Stelling with Ignacio Mieres kicking all three conversions.

For Cardiff Gareth Davies kicked two early penalties and his replacement Simon Humberstone converted Thomas Young's try before kicking a late penalty.

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