In the last three weeks Wasps have proven they are the in-form team in Aviva Premiership Rugby but the origin of their turnaround can be traced back to Christmas time – according to Dan Robson.
On the 27th of December Wasps slipped to a 26-16 defeat to Saracens at the Ricoh Arena and followed it up the next week with a disappointing loss at Sale Sharks.
Dai Young’s side were out of the top six and struggling – but from those losses they learned the lessons.
And rather than focusing on their opponents – Saracens kicked them to death in Coventry that weekend – they chose to look inwards and play their own game.
What has followed has been spectacular – Wasps have won six in a row in the league since the Sale defeat including comprehensive wins over Harlequins, Bath Rugby and – sweetest of all – Saracens.
They currently sit third in the standings, with a home European quarter-final to come and Robson is loving life in his first season as a Wasp.
“If you take it all the way back to that Saracens match at home in December – we focused too much on them and tailored a game plan around them,” he said.
“We didn’t play the way we wanted to and had a disappointing loss.
“Now Dai (Young) has given us a lot of freedom to go out and play, to not get drawn into kicking battles.
“The game at Allianz Park was something else, that was a pretty special day when everything seemed to come off but it’s great that we had that freedom to keep playing.
“We have had to lose a few games to get to this point but now we are in a good bit of form over the last few weeks and have built up a bit of momentum.
“We are playing a good brand of rugby and everyone is enjoying it as well.
“We talked about how big of an opportunity this eight-nine game block was – we knew we could not rely on other players being away.
“We focused on ourselves, we have put a lot of work in on our game and that seems to have done the trick.”
Wasps are currently on fire with a heady cocktail of Charles Piutau and Christian Wade carving up defences out wide after Nathan Hughes and George Smith have roughed them up through the middle.
But the club are staying grounded despite their record run.
“We have had a few chats as a team about our form and the momentum we have, it could be easy to get carried away,” he added.
“But a couple of losses, maybe even just one loss, and straight away you are dropping down the table and out of the top four.
“We know that Gloucester and Leicester, two teams around us in the table, are two massive games coming up for us.”
Robson has been a revelation at scrum-half, the former Cherry & White stepping in for the injured Joe Simpson with aplomb and earning plaudits and even some calls for international recognition.
“It was not the ideal situation to come in with Joe getting injured. That’s not how I would want to get my chance,” added Robson.
“But you have got to step in and do your best and a bit of consistency of selection has helped.
“At the start of the year I was struggling a bit, without much game time – Joe was playing superbly well at the start of the year.
“But now we are playing well and everyone is confident at the moment, but we know that as well as it is going at the moment – that can all change in a second.”