Scrum-half Charlie Davies admits London Wasps will be gunning for revenge when they head across the capital to face Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday.
The two London clubs met on the opening weekend of the season at Twickenham where Quins triumphed 16-15 after Wasps fly-half Andy Goode saw his late kick cannon back off the post.
Wasps have beaten their near neighbours only once in their last nine visits – a 17-16 triumph ay the Stoop 12 months ago.
However, Davies and co are boosted by their recent form on the road where they have won their last three away games.
And with the added carrot of knowing victory over Quins would see them leapfrog their opponents in the table – possibly into the play-off places – Davies admits they’re not short of motivation.
“We just lost by the skin of our teeth to them at Twickenham on the opening day of the season. It’s a chance for us to get bragging rights back and restore a bit of local pride. Local derbies are always fun,” he said.
“Harlequins have been playing well themselves, we are expecting a lot of high tempo play, a lot of running and it should be a good game.
“They like to keep the ball on the park but we also like the high tempo game so hopefully we can get a bit of space out there.
“It’s a chance for us to excel but we know we have to have our wits about us.”
Harlequins have slipped to defeat in two of their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, but have won their last three home games in the tournament.
Quins will be without Chris Robshaw, who captains England against Scotland this weekend, and a number of other internationals but fellow flanker Luke Wallace admits it gives others the chance to impress.
“When guys are away it gives the whole squad a chance to show what it can do and people get the chance for some game time,” he said.
“We know Wasps have got a lot of quality, even without [Christian] Wade and [Tom] Varndell they’re a dangerous side.
“We’ve had some close games against them and I’m sure it will be the same again but we’ve just got to focus on carrying on our momentum.”(Twickenham Stoop, 1pm)
Referee: Luke Pearce (21st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle & Simon McConnell. TMO: Sean Davey.
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