While a clash between two heavyweights of the Aviva Premiership needs no added hype, Wasps lock Marco Wentzel insists going up against his former club Leicester Tigers on Sunday does give some extra spice to proceedings.
The 33-year-old Wentzel welcomes the Tigers to Adams Park in front of the ESPN cameras as the London club looks to keep up their 100 percent record at the High Wycombe home.
The Tigers have struggled on their travels of late with three straight away defeats but have not lost four in a row on the road since 2009.
And Wentzel knows he and his teammates will have to be firing on all cylinders if they are to take down the perennial powerhouses.
“They are one of the top teams in all of rugby so they are always tough to beat,” he said.
“I think whenever London Wasps and Leicester Tigers play it is always going to be a great game whether it’s at our place or theirs because of the history there. I’ve played on both sides of the rivalry and I understand how much winning this game means to both sets of fans and players.
“It would always be a game with an added edge for me as it is a former club but as it’s a game as historic as this it was always going to be a special one.
“This is the time of the year where the schedule starts to build up and it becomes difficult to go from one game to the next because you are missing players and people pick up injuries.
“This spell is a great test of the resolve of a lot of teams so hopefully we can rise to that occasion and get back to Aviva Premiership rugby with a bang.”
The last seven games between these two sides have all been won by the home team and Leicester have not won at Adams Park since 2007.
But centre Dan Bowden insists that Richard Cockerill’s men will be itching to set that record straight on Sunday.
“It’s a crucial period coming up, we have a few players away and Wasps are going to be another tough task,” he said.
“We’ve had a good couple of wins and confidence is high in the camp.
“We’re up and running in the [LV= Cup] now, and it’s great for some of the young guys and now we hope to take it into the weekend.”
Referee: Sean Davey (110th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey, Kevin Stewart. TMO: Graham Hughes