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Siale Piutau wants Wasps to learn lessons from European exit

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Wasps centre Siale Piutau insists his side can use the lessons learnt from their Champions Cup exit to find success in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The Coventry-based side are looking to bounce straight back against Exeter Chiefs after being knocked out of Europe last weekend by Saracens.

Piutau joined his brother Charles at Wasps from Japanese club Yamaha Jubilo in February and made an immediate impact.

In his first start he helped Wasps record an incredible 64-23 win over Saracens at Allianz Park and has only lost twice since.

His second defeat came against Saracens last weekend but the Tongan international believes the experience will benefit his team.

“We can take a lot of heart from the Saracens game, we all know we were only five per cent off what we can play,” Piutau said.

“Full credit to Saracens, they’ve got all that experience of being in the position of a major semi-final. 

“They’re able to withstand that pressure and I think the positives we can take from that is we’ve been there now and I think it’s going to set us up nicely for the Aviva Premiership.

“The great thing about rugby is you can have tough losses but you get to jump back on the horse the next week and go out there and put a performance on.”

Piutau has clearly settled in quickly to his new home and he is reaping the rewards on the pitch already with two tries to his name after just ten starts.

The centre was full of praise for the squad and coaching staff at the Ricoh Arena for welcoming him to the club.

“I’ve absolutely loved my time at Wasps so far, every single moment of it,” he said.

“Obviously I’ve been here with my brother Charles but the team has been so welcoming and the crowds that have been supporting us as well. Each and every week has been a bonus and a blessing. 

“I think credit definitely has to go to the coaches and their style they’ve implemented for the boys to play.

“The team culture too, I came in mid-season and felt like I was at home. The boys were so welcoming; I was involved with the banter in the team straight away.

“One thing you can’t go away from is the team chemistry. When the boys are on the same page you’ll show that on the field.”

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