Wasps learned a lot from last year’s European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final loss to Toulon and hope to turn the tables when the two sides meet at the Ricoh Arena this weekend.
The Aviva Premiership Rugby side made a dream start to their European campaign with a dominant 33-6 win over Leinster in Dublin but face another European giant in Toulon in what is an incredibly difficult pool.
Christian Wade scored the first try in the Leinster clash, his second try in as many games, and is desperate to continue that streak against the triple champions.
Last season Toulon beat Wasps 32-18 in France when the teams met at the quarter-final stage, with Wade missing the game through injury.
However, after trailing 22-6 at the break, they managed to get back to within a score before conceding a late try.
And Wade feels they showed the French side a little too much respect last season, an experience they will have learnt from.
“It was really great to get that win in Leinster,” said Wade.
“But while we are still on a high we’ve had to change our focus to Toulon.
“It’s going to be a really tough game and the boys are working really hard to make sure we’re ready.
“Unfortunately I missed last year’s game but we learned a lot from it. Our focus this week is going to be on ourselves. We respect Toulon and know how talented they are, but we can’t spend our time worrying about them.
“With Toulon there are too many threats that if you start worrying about one player, someone else will make the difference.
“Last year we showed them a bit too much respect and they were able to run away with it in the first half.
“At half-time we realised that we were capable of playing with them and we were able to come back a bit. This time we’ll be at home and we’ve got a good record there so we’ll have a lot of confidence.”
The win over Leinster showed off Wasps’ threat in the back three, with Wade joined by All Black duo Frank Halai and Charles Piutau.
Those two have made an immediate impact, and Wade admits he’s really enjoying playing alongside the newcomers.
“Playing alongside Charles Piutau and Frank Halai is great,” he added.
“We seem to be building a good relationship. We’ve not had many games together yet but we are already looking forward and I’d like to think we can only get better.
“The team is really progressing and against Leinster we went out there hoping to give an 80-minute performance.
“I was a bit lucky with my try, I think Dave Kearney was looking at me more than the ball and then unfortunately for him he got a bad bounce.
“But it’s good to get a few tries under my belt and hopefully that continues.”
The quickest way to book is online here at Wasps.co.uk with print-at-home tickets. Alternatively, supporters can call 02476 786 411 but please be aware that the Ricoh Arena Ticket Office is experiencing a high volume of calls in the build-up to this game.
It will also be possible to buy tickets on match day at the Ricoh Arena. The Ticket Office will be open from 10am on Sunday morning. Supporters are encouraged to allow plenty of time to travel to the Ricoh Arena and for access to the stadium. The club advises fans to arrive earlier than normal to collect their tickets, as this is set to be the busiest match day at the Ricoh Arena so far this season.