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Preview: London Wasps v Bath Rugby

Preview: London Wasps v Bath Rugby

Bath’s Rob Webber will feel right at home at Adams Park when his side take on London Wasps this Sunday but the hooker insists his former employers will be set on ensuring he doesn’t have a happy return.

The 27-year-old made 109 appearances for Wasps in his seven years with the club and has certainly flourished since his move to The Rec last season, nailing down a starting spot in the front row.

After two impressive wins in the LV= Cup, including a 37-15 defeat of Exeter Chiefs last time out, Bath return to Aviva Premiership action looking to stretch their winning run to seven matches in all competitions.   

But standing in their way are a Wasps side who boast a 100 percent record on home soil this season in the Aviva Premiership and one that Webber believes will prove to be a serious challenge.

“After my injury problems last year this will actually be the first time I have played against Wasps, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Webber.

“I hope I get a good response, I don’t think I did too much to upset the fans while I was there.

“I was there seven or eight years, coming down as a 17-year-old northerner but I made some great friends there, it’s a great club.

“It’s a tough place to go, they are a good team with some great individual players.

“They obviously have a very good backline with Christian Wade being a massive threat, but some of the unseen talent like Chris Bell and obviously Andy Goode who has been doing it for years also pose a threat.”

Bath are also looking to secure a fourth successive away win in all competitions for the first time since 2006 – a statistic that supports their excellent start to the season which sees them third in the Aviva Premiership table.

And Wasps captain Chris Bell insists his side will have to be on the top of their game in order to stop Bath’s powerful forwards and halt their winning streak.

“Everyone likes playing at home and with Bath on a rich vein of form it’s going to be tough,” said Bell.

“They’ve had some good results in the Aviva Premiership and the LV= Cup of late so I’m sure they’ll come to Adams Park full of confidence.

“But we’ve got to get ourselves right – obviously focus on what they do but also get our own house in order.

“I think they’re a pretty well balanced team, they’ve had a good start to the season.

“They’ve got a lot of talent behind the scrum so it’s one of those games where we’ll have to be at our maximum right to the end of the game.”

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