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Charles Piutau desperate to go out with a bang at Wasps

Charles Piutau is desperate to sign off from Wasps in style with some silverware as the Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals approach.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation at the Ricoh Arena this season, scoring eight tries in all as a talisman of their campaign on two fronts.

Their European campaign came unstuck at the semi-final stage to Saracens last month but their domestic hopes are still very much alive.

Defeat last time out to Exeter Chiefs means they will need results to go their way this weekend in round 22 of the regular season to claim a home semi-final.

But while they currently sit third in the table after consecutive years of steady improvement under Dai Young – silverware continues to evade them.

And Piutau, who next year will cross the Irish Sea to link up with Ulster, admits it is high time they put that right.

“The goal for me this season is definitely to go out on a high before I leave and deliver the club some silverware,” said the 16-times capped All Black.

“Everyone at Wasps from the coaches, to the players, to the fans are great so they deserve some silverware.

“I have loved playing at Wasps, it has been a really enjoyable first time playing northern hemisphere rugby and it’s a great environment that has really helped my transition from the southern hemisphere.

“But honestly, the thing that is most different is the weather! The skills are just as good as in the southern hemisphere and the quality of players are just as high.

“There are some great players, so that has been just the same.”

Defeat to Exeter at Sandy Park last weekend means they are likely to be heading back to Devon for the semi-finals.

But Piutau is adamant that his side can put things right in time for the final-four clash, starting with a battle against bottom-of-the-table London Irish this weekend.

“Obviously we are very disappointed with the Exeter result and it is a hard one to take as a team,” he added.

“We were gutted at the result especially at this stage of the season but we know Exeter are a good side who will be in the semi-finals.

“With those semi-finals coming up we need to learn from the game, take lessons from it and improve for this weekend.

“I don’t want to say too much about exactly what went wrong but we know what we need to do and we will be ready for London Irish.”

In a stellar season for the All Black, Piutau has been nominated for the RPA Player of the Season Award – alongside two of his Wasps teammates in George Smith and Nathan Hughes.

"It is humbling and I am really honoured to be on the shortlist for the award, especially as it is your fellow players nominating you,” he added.

“It’s always nice to get that recognition from your opponents. It is great to have that respect from them and know that they are seeing what you can do.”

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