Wasps’ star Brendan Macken is out to delight the Ricoh Arena by helping clinch a Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series title that he believes will help his side attack the new season with a bang.
Wasps came so close to hoisting their first Singha 7s trophy aloft last year but were stopped by Newport Gwent Dragons in the last seconds of a dramatic finale at The Stoop.
Their motivation to right those wrongs could not be higher this time around, after they qualified from Group B at Sandy Park last weekend to reach a home final at the Ricoh Arena.
Despite finishing second to Exeter Chiefs, Wasps will undoubtedly be one of the favourites to clinch the silverware after boasting the likes of one-time All Black Frank Halai and former Scotland centre Nick De Luca among their squad.
Macken is also an experienced first-teamer and he insists Wasps will be in peak form for the big occasion on Sunday August 7.
“The fitness benefits us greatly moving forward, it will certainly make life easier when we play in the Finals and when we start our pre-season games, hopefully they won’t be as tough,” said the centre.
“It’s unbelievably important to start our season well, some of our younger guys and academy boys were really flying. It’s great exposure for them to put on the Wasps' jersey, get their hands on the ball and show what they can do.
“It’s a great spectacle at the Ricoh Arena, it’s just getting better and better. It’s going to be a great day for everyone.
“Silverware is silverware, and you can put your best foot forward individually and collectively heading into the Aviva Premiership.”
But Macken admits Wasps still have some knuckling down to do after coming up short to group winners Exeter in the final game last weekend.
“We need to work on some one-on-one tackles, that let us down at times, and a couple of attacking things like holding onto the ball – that’s crucial in 7s so we’ll be going back to the drawing board,” he added.
“The lungs don’t really find it too ideal but it’s good fun. It's obviously different to 15s but it is competitive, you are wearing the jersey and you do have to put your best foot forward. I think we did that in certain aspects.”
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets
Quarter Final 1 – Cardiff Blues v Sale Sharks
Quarter Final 2 – Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Quarter Final 3 – Harlequins v Wasps
Quarter Final 4 – Newcastle Falcons v Ospreys