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Wasps’ Nick De Luca wants Coventry cauldron for Singha 7s final

Wasps had to settle for second place in the cauldron that was Sandy Park last weekend but ahead of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final, Nick De Luca has called on Coventry supporters to top their Exeter Chiefs’ counterparts at the Ricoh Arena on 7 August to urge the Wasps’ team to the title.

Having booked their place in the finals by winning their first two matches on Saturday in Group B of the Singha 7s, Wasps were beaten by Exeter in the final group game.
The close victory came in front of a vociferous Sandy Park crowd, and Scotland international De Luca is hoping his new supporters can do the same in Coventry.
Exeter and Wasps having qualified for finals day alongside Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys so far and there is an even greater incentive for Wasps after coming so close to lifting the trophy last year.
“It was my first time at Sandy Park, I’d heard good things and it was a great crowd, a great day and the surface was fantastic,” said De Luca.
“We enjoyed it and the Exeter fans were good but I’m looking forward to the Wasps supporters outnoising them in the final.
“It would be great to get over 10,000 at the Ricoh and get real noise behind us.
“It’s a great day with hundreds of tries, big hits, lots of steps so it’s a great spectacle and hopefully they can come out in numbers.
“Last year the boys still talk about it, getting to the final and they were really disappointed not to see it through.
“So this year we’ve got another chance; we’re at home where we won the first leg last year so we’re going out to do a job and start the season with winning ways.
“I think we’ll put out a strong side and hopefully get that trophy.”
The Sandy Park leg was the first opportunity for De Luca to turn out for Wasps having joined over the summer from Biarritz.
And while he admitted the shorter format of the game had put his fitness to the test, De Luca relished the opportunity to turn out in his new colours and celebrated with a try against Bath Rugby.
“It’s a bit of a shock to the system. We’re in a phase of heavy running at the moment getting our conditioning up so it’s good for that and a good test to see where we’re at,” added De Luca.
“We enjoyed it and it will hold us in good stead so the boys feel it’s definitely worthwhile.
“It was my first occasion to put on the jersey and it was nice to get a dot as well so I’m off the duck.
“It’s been a good group of lads, we’ve worked hard for three weeks so it was nice to put something together.”
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets 

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