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LV= Cup preview: Wasps v London Irish

Defeat in their LV= Cup opener has not diminished London Irish’s determination to lift the trophy, according to Guy Armitage, with a trip to Wasps next on the agenda.

The Exiles narrowly missed out on their second triumph over Leicester Tigers this season, going down 17-16 at the Madejski Stadium last weekend.

Armitage’s late try put the pressure on the Tigers but they held onto victory, ensuring Irish visit Wasps on Sunday needing victory to get their campaign back on track.

But while the 22-year-old is eager to pick up maximum points on Sunday, he conceded the opportunity to blood in the next generation of Exiles is equally important.

“After last weekend a lot of the boys have a point to prove and we just want to right the wrongs that happened,” he said.

“We had most of the possession throughout the game but we didn’t use it as well as we should have. It was quite disappointing.

“We knew that we had chances to kill the game off. I am pretty happy with scoring and setting up the big finish but losing by one point against Leicester Tigers is never a great feeling.

“With five minutes to go we just had to recover the kick-off and we thought if we get into position to kick a penalty that will be the game for us, but we got stuck in our own half.

“If there is silverware on offer then you are going to go for it. You have got two teams that narrowly lost so you look for a more clinical performance and I think it will be a much better spectacle than last weekend.”

Wasps’ defeat came at the hands of Sale Sharks – Alex Lozowski’s penalty drew the sides level ten minutes from time only for Nick Macleod to kick the hosts home late on.

That leaves Dai Young’s side in the same boat as Sunday’s visitors, with defeat leaving their hopes of an LV= Cup semi-final in tatters.

But back-rower Guy Thompson knows returning to Aviva Premiership Rugby action off the back of a victory is equally important for Wasps.

“We seem to play Irish a lot,” he said. “We know that they come to play no matter what team they put out.

“We are on the back of a few losses so it is vital that we can get back to winning ways. The Premiership is returning so the aim for us is to get some momentum back.

“We know how we can play and we have shown what we can do against some of the best clubs in the league.

“We have to work hard to make sure we put our best out on the pitch every game, regardless of opposition.”

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