Wasps’ full-back Rob Miller insists his side will be doing everything in their power to top the table at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final in a fortnight’s time.
Miller’s side will run out on home soil at the Ricoh Arena on August 7 for the competition’s showcase final, as the Singha 7s roadshow ends with a Carnival in Coventry.
Wasps qualified as runners-up from Group B after beating Bath Rugby and then Bristol Rugby at Sandy Park, but they were edged out by hosts Exeter Chiefs in an enthralling final match.
And having fallen at the final hurdle to Newport Gwent Dragons last season, Miller is adamant Wasps will be pulling out all the stops to go one better this time around.
“It was a tough first round as we came up against three really good teams, and it was hard work in the heat, but we’re happy we got through,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to lose that final game as we can here to win, but we’ve done enough to get back to the Ricoh now and we had a good mix of some of the older boys and academy lads in Exeter.
“We performed well in patches, but in other areas we dropped off so we will need to look at the tapes and see where we can improve for next time.
“Towards the end of the final match fatigue kicked in and we missed a couple of tackles, and credit to Exeter who took advantage.
“It was good fun, and with the likes of Frank Halai, Nick De Luca and Brendan Macken being involved as well it’s a big chance for everyone.”
Wasps arguably went into the round as favourites with a host of experienced players in their ranks, but with top of the group up for grabs in the final match of the afternoon, it was Chiefs who took an early lead through Joe Simmonds.
Wasps fought back through Conor Dolan and Miller, but crucially Max Bodilly grabbed a try just before the hooter as Chiefs went into half-time trailing 14-12.
Chiefs skipper Sam Simmonds came to the fore after the break as he scored a try-double – either side of Tom Howe’s score for Wasps – to clinch the win and Group B by 26-19.
And Bodilly, who scored tries in each of Exeter’s wins on the day, is relishing the thought of heading to the Ricoh with a 100 per cent record intact.
He said: “It was nice to grab a few tries as the Singha 7s is always a competition the club takes very seriously.
“We can’t wait to get over to the Ricoh now as it’s a massive stadium and hopefully they can get a massive crowd out there supporting the boys as well.
“It’s a huge occasion for us, and having won the plate last year, going one better is top of the agenda for us.
“Chiefs' fans are always loud and proud and spur us on the whole time. We can often outcheer the home teams and not many clubs can do that so we are hoping to hear them again in Coventry.”
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals are at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit https://www.premiershiprugby.com/singha7s/tickets/?
Wasps 19 (Howe, Dolan, Miller)
Exeter Chiefs 26 (Sam Simmonds 2, Joe Simmonds, Bodilly)
Bristol Rugby 33 (Edwards 2, Bird, Uren, Slowik)
Bath Rugby 12 (Mercer, Davis)
Exeter Chiefs 33 (Simmonds 2, Laverick, Mason, Bodilly)
Bath Rugby 5 (Humfrey)
Wasps 22 (Bassett 2, Dolan, Hampson)
Bristol Rugby 14 (Edwards, penalty)
Wasps 36 (Halai 2, Howe, Cruse, Macken, De Luca)
Bath Rugby 21 (Humfrey, Mercer, Atkins)
Bristol Rugby 5 (Searle)
Exeter Chiefs 36 (Mason 2, Bodilly 2, Skinner, Hendrickson)