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Tagicakibau: Still more to come from Wasps

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Wasps find themselves in the thick of the Aviva Premiership Rugby play-off race but after inking a new contract with the club, Sailosi Tagicakibau insists they are still yet to hit their peak.

Tagicakibau signed on for another year at the Ricoh Arena just days after a 23-23 draw with Newcastle Falcons saw Wasps tumble from fourth to seventh in the league table.

Incredibly, Dai Young’s troops are still just a point behind third-placed Saracens, serving to demonstrate exactly how tight things are.

That Falcons game was Tagicakibau’s first start since returning from a hamstring injury which kept him out of action for five weeks.

And the Samoan winger admits he is keen to build on that start when his side host Gloucester Rugby this Sunday.

“It was good to get out there at the weekend and get 80 minutes under my belt,” said Tagicakibau.

“Injuries are always frustrating but I’ve been good up until then and I’m hoping to kick on – we’ve got a few big games coming up.

“I don’t think we’ve really hit our straps yet and it’s a very exciting, young squad with a lot of young talent coming through.

“They’re still learning from the older guys and from each other, so I still don’t think we’ve hit our best and that’s still to come.

“We have to be confident in ourselves and believe we can get into the top four.

“It’s very tight – the main thing is to win the game against Gloucester this weekend and put the pressure on the other teams.”

Against Gloucester, Wasps are expecting the 100,000th fan to come through the turnstiles since their move to Coventry – with that lucky person receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.

Tagicakibau, who will be hoping to start on Sunday, scored four tries in 15 Wasps appearances before his hamstring injury, after joining from London Irish last summer.

The 32-year-old will now remain with the club until at least the end of next season following his contract extension and insists he had no hesitation in signing on the dotted line.

“Signing the new contract was an easy decision,” he explained. “I came to the club and featured in quite a few games before my injury at the beginning of the season.

“It’s a good environment at the club, there are a lot of exciting things happening and we’ve made some brilliant. I’ve fitted in really well and I’m enjoying my time here.

“It’s good to sort out my contract – now I can really focus and put all my energy into playing.

“You always want to play well and put out your best performance because that’s what you’re remembered for.”

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