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Miller: Home comforts can inspire Wasps to glory


After blowing out the cobwebs in Exeter, Wasps’ star Rob Miller insists his side will hit top form back at the Ricoh Arena as they aim to hoist the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series trophy aloft on home turf.

The Singha 7s is heading to Coventry for the Series Final on Sunday 7 August and it will prove a homecoming for a star-studded Wasps side after they negotiated a tricky Group B at Sandy Park.

And not only was full-back Miller included in the squad, but also one-time All Black Frank Halai, first-team wing Josh Bassett, and new signing in the centres Nick De Luca.

Wasps had to settle for second however as group hosts Exeter Chiefs, inspired by the Sandy Park roar, beat them in the final clash of the day to top the standings.

But Miller is confident that the tables will turn at the Ricoh Arena where his side can use the backing of a bumper crowd to their own advantage.

"It’s always good to be playing in front of your home fans and in the group stages last year we had a really good turnout," he said.

"It’s a great occasion at the start of the season and gives fans a chance to come down and take a look at some of the new boys and younger lads.

"It’s a great atmosphere and hopefully we can get some really good numbers there to support us.

"It’s certainly the first opportunity for silverware for everyone and we’re going to look out there and get that trophy."

Wasps certainly have pedigree at the Singha 7s, reaching the cup final at The Stoop last year only to be denied by Newport Gwent Dragons, who became the first Welsh team to win the competition.

But it’s never just been about the star names for Wasps – academy youngsters Tom Howe and Conor Dolan both got on the scoresheet at Sandy Park last Saturday.

And Miller believes that the blend of youth and experience will get the Ricoh rocking next Sunday.

"At times it was bit of a shock – you think you’ve done well in pre-season and suddenly in your first game and you’ve had a bit of a blow-out," added Miller.

"I thought our boys performed well, we came together in the week and did a bit of work.

"I feel a little old compared to some of the younger ones coming through now, we’ve got some great lads coming through the academy.

"We performed well in patches, and in other areas we dropped off. But we will go back and look at the tapes and we’ll improve for the final."
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets

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