Wasps full-back Rob Miller believes the Ricoh Arena is fast becoming a fortress after their Coventry honeymoon continued apace with victory over Harlequins on Sunday.
Tom Varndell, Elliot Daly and two penalty tries earned Wasps a 37-6 bonus point victory in front of more than 16,000 fans, which leaves them in fourth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.
Indeed since moving to the Ricoh in December Wasps have been unstoppable at home in Aviva Premiership Rugby, recording three bonus-point victories, scoring 126 points and conceding 38 in the process.
A return to the play-offs is looking more likely by the week and with only four points separating third from seventh, Miller admits Wasps will take any win that comes their way.
“It was really pleasing to win against Quins because it’s normally such a tight game when we play them,” he said.
“It was really important to get the victory because if you win one game you stay in the top four but if you lose by a fair few points you can drop all the way down towards the bottom.
“They are in a very similar position to us in that we are in that block of teams in the mid-table so it was vital we got the win.
“We’ve got some good form at home and the Ricoh has become a really tough place for teams to visit.
“I think the atmosphere that the crowd has generated for us has been great and everyone is really excited by the attendances we’re getting.
“The atmosphere really helps to spur us on as players and inspire us get some good wins and make a statement.”
One man whose time will be brief in Coventry is hometown hero Andy Goode, after the veteran fly-half announced a move to London Irish for next season.
But he certainly won’t have left without making his mark – becoming Aviva Premiership Rugby’s highest points-scorer in a single game with 33 against the Exiles on Wasps’ Ricoh Arena bow.
And Miller, whose side travels to Newcastle Falcons this weekend, said: “(Goode) has been one of the top performers in the league, especially with his goal-kicking and game management.
“He has that wealth of experience which helps out all the people around him so obviously it will be a big loss for us.
“He has been brilliant for us all season and throughout his time here so it will be sad to see him move on, but we have a good back up of 10s coming through which puts us in a strong position.”
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