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Wasps ready for huge European challenge

Wasps ready for huge European challenge

Wasps fell to their first defeat of the season against Saracens a fortnight ago, but couldn’t have asked for a better response with a 12-try trouncing of Zebre.

However centre Elliot Daly admits they face a much sterner challenge this week as they travel to pool rivals Toulouse on Sunday.

Europe’s most successful-ever club, with four titles, Toulouse are in must-win mode after slipping to a narrow loss away at Connacht.

For Wasps, on the other hand, a success in la Ville Rose, would put them in the driving seat for a place in the quarter-finals for a third straight year, matching their strong start to the Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign.

And Daly is confident the team will be ready for everything the French giants have to throw at them.

“Everyone was really happy with how things went against Zebre but we’re facing a Toulouse team with a massive European pedigree,” he said.

“We worked hard after the Saracens where we didn’t perform as we would have wanted.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge against Toulouse, they are a big physical team with a lot of international caps.

“It’s a huge game for them after what happened in Connacht so they will really up for it.

“It will be the first time I’ve ever played against them, so I’m really looking forward to it. Playing someone like Toulouse is something a little different to what we get in the Premiership so we can’t wait.”

Last week’s Zebre clash, which Wasps won 82-14, was a first start together for Daly and new signing Kyle Eastmond.

The pair combined to great success, offering Dai Young another option in midfield after employing Jimmy Gopperth at 12 to begin the season.

And while they come from very different backgrounds, Daly believes there are plenty of similarities between his two centre partners.

He added: “In a lot of ways they are quite similar in that they like to get their hands on the ball, which is great for me.

“Obviously Jimmy is a ten at heart, but he’s started really strong in the centres, and Kyle was great at the weekend.

“He’s a quality player and he’s fitted in really well since he arrived at the club.

“For me this year the first couple of games  I was still getting into my stride but it’s starting to click now.”

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