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Davies backs Wasps to rediscover their cutting edge

Last season’s top points scorers Wasps have not quite clicked into gear yet this campaign but when they do, the rest of Aviva Premiership Rugby better watch out says lock Bradley Davies.

Two defeats from their opening three games is hardly the perfect start for Dai Young’s side – narrow losses at Harlequins and Leicester Tigers sandwich a win over Bath Rugby at home.

Last year Wasps ran in 77 tries in all – more than any other club over the 22 game regular season – but their current tally is only four from their first three games.

But the 28-year-old Davies – who made his first appearance of the season for Wasps last weekend at Welford Road – is not panicking.

“We were a bit disappointed with how we played against Leicester, we didn’t really execute any of the things that we had talked about, we left a lot of points out there and we gave them a couple of soft tries,” he said.

“We were pretty honest in our review, the way the league is going this season, there is a big challenge coming round the corner ever week.

“You cannot afford to dwell on it, you have to accept it and move on.

“In attack our shape is there, but we are not finishing off our chances. When we do start scoring we are going to take some stopping.

“We were one of the highest points scorers in the league last season, it is just a few little things.

“Our defence on the whole is very good at the moment, we shipped a couple of soft tries.

“It could be to do with a lot of new faces coming in. The first few games we have left a lot of tries out there.

“So the lads are a bit rusty, there are fresh faces, it’s hard to put your finger on one specific thing.”

New signings like George Smith, Charles Piutau and Jimmy Gopperth mean optimism is rife at the Ricoh that Wasps can exceed their sixth-place finish of last season.

But with only one away victory to their name in the league in 2015 Davies – who was part of the Wales squad that reached the World Cup quarter-finals – knows something must change.

And home form is the key according to Davies.

“The most important part of rugby is winning your home games, even in Europe that is the case,” he added. 

“Last year we had a good record at home and this year we want more of the same, if you can win at home and pick up the odd win on the road then all of a sudden you are right at the top.

“Lose a game or two at home and pressure comes right on and you start to feel like you have to win away games.

“It brings the crowd into it as well, last year we had some big wins.”

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