Ryan proud despite cup loss
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan was proud of his troops despite their late 33-25 defeat to Biarritz in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Thursday night.
The Aviva Premiership strugglers had a nightmare trip to France just to get to the game and Ryan conceded he was unsure how his troops would start against the Top 14 club.
As it happened Worcester scored in the opening minute through Jeremy Sua, although it was Biarritz who had the final say courtesy of Teddy Thomas' second try.
Biarritz played the last 31 minutes a man light following Thomas Synagehel's red card, however, Worcester were unable to capitalise and secure just their second win of the season in all competitions.
"We've used this tournament to try and grow and try get some of our youngsters some game time," Ryan told Sky Sports.
"We had 40 hours on the road and we arrived here at five past seven in two different groups. So I wasn't quite sure how we were going to start. So I'm pretty proud.
"That first half hour I thought we applied ourselves pretty well. I also think we saw some of our weaknesses, their pace on the outside. Their clever kicking on the edge caused us some problems and we couldn't get out of field position.
"Some of those things are reoccurring week-in, week-out. We're trying to sort of solve them, but also we've trying to given an environment where some youngsters can grow and learn.
"Young lad at full-back Ben Howard, Jimmy Stephenson playing. It's a new environment. When you've got the likes of (Dimitri) Yachvili pulling the strings and moving people left and right it's pretty difficult.
"So it is disappointing. I'm not going to get used to be disappointed about losing games. We've got to keep learning and we've got to keep trying to improve the things we're trying to do."