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Wasps’ Kearnan Myall prepared for ‘dangerous’ Worcester Warriors

Wasps second-row Kearnan Myall admits it will take an almighty second-half blitz if his side are to see off Worcester Warriors when they meet at Sixways on Sunday.

Dai Young’s side are second in Aviva Premiership Rugby and could have the chance to go top if Saracens fail to win on the road at third-place Bath Rugby on Saturday.

Worcester on the other hand are 11th in the table and have just the one win from their first nine games – an 11-9 triumph over Newcastle Falcons in Round 5.

But Myall, who has featured in seven of Wasps’ games in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season, believes their differing league positions mask the quality that Carl Hogg’s side possess, claiming only their best performance will ensure a bonus-point win.

“They are actually a really good team, they play good rugby, they are dangerous and they score good tries. They have a big pack and they have a good set-piece,” the 29-year-old explained.

“Generally with the games they play, the first half they tend to be well within reach of the opposition, if not winning.

“Their weakness tends to be the second half, so what we have focussed on is keeping things controlled in the first half and then in the second period really inflicting our game on them and hopefully that will seal the points.

“You have to expect to not only win these games, but put in good performances and we know that when we play as well as we can, we score a lot of tries.

“The bonus point is the ultimate focus, but the main process we go through is really about performing to the best of our abilities.”

Despite their generally fine form, Wasps have struggled in their last couple of away outings, being soundly beaten 30-14 by Saracens and then 36-18 to Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm in Round 8.

That leaves them without a win away from the Ricoh Arena since beating Northampton Saints 20-15 in September, but they bounced back from their defeat to the Cherry and Whites with a 34-24 win against Sale Sharks.

And Myall believes the loss to Gloucester could prove a watershed moment for Young’s troops.

“On paper, most people would’ve expected us to win that Gloucester game, but the fact of the matter is we didn’t play well,” he said.

“We are not good enough to just turn up and come away with the victory, we have to play our way and control the games.

“From the Gloucester game, there was a lot of things we did badly and we spent a lot of time analysing those things and put a lot of them right against Sale, which is what you have to do to work your way up the table.

“Against Sale it was a generally good performance, but there are a lot of things to work on and that’s what we’ve been doing this week and hopefully that is what we will take into the weekend.”

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