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Preview: Bath Rugby v Wasps

Preview: Bath Rugby v Wasps

Wasps produced the performance of the season so far in putting 60 points on Saracens at Allianz Park last weekend but lock Kearnan Myall knows the challenge is now to repeat that performance.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby table toppers were downed in spectacular style and in-form Wasps have now claimed 19 league points from their last six games.

They are four unbeaten in the competition and going for five in a row for the first time since the 2012/13 season but the Rec is not an easy place to go.

Wasps have met Bath Rugby three times already this season and Myall is not expecting too many surprises.
“In any sport there is an element of luck and things certainly went our way,” he said.

“We know that it won’t be the same against Bath, everything will not go so perfectly but we have confidence that if we get it right, we can beat anyone.

“We have played them a few times, so there is a lot of footage to look at in the video reviews and we have a lot of detail to work with.

“With three games against them already this season we know their players well, we had a good win at the Rec in Europe so hopefully we can go down there and do it again.

“Bath are not doing as well as they would like this season but if you look at their results, every defeat has been close – there are not huge margins in it.”

Bath's six game losing run in all tournaments ended with their 16-14 win at Worcester Warriors in Aviva Premiership Rugby on Saturday.

The hosts have only won once at home in any competition since November and while Wasps won at the Rec in Europe this year, they have not won there in the league since 2010.

But Bath flanker Francois Louw knows his side have their work cut out for them this weekend.

“They play a great brand of rugby and showed what they can do on Sunday, it was very impressive,” he said.

“There are a lot of games left and every game is massive for us. If we can get on a run it’s not impossible to get to the top four, but it’s a big ask for us. It’s going to take a hell of an effort. We have to focus on playing our game, but we have shown what we can do in coming from behind to beat Worcester last week.

“We have got to focus on their system and we can’t give them an opportunity to run with the ball. 

"Against Sarries they were three tries up inside the first eight minutes and that killed the game. They have a lot of attacking options and some really big ball carriers. When it’s their chance to attack they take it with both hands so we have to be alert to that.”

Recreation Ground, 3.15pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Tom Foley (14th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Greg MacDonald & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Graham Hughes.

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