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Preview: London Wasps v London Irish

Preview: London Wasps v London Irish

London Irish No.8 Jon Fisher knows he and his back-row teammates have a real fight on their hands this weekend when they travel to Adams Park to take on London Wasps.

Both of the capital clubs are yet to win a game this Aviva Premiership season, the Exiles suffering defeats against Saracens and Gloucester so far this campaign.

Wasps meanwhile have fallen to narrow defeats to defending champions Harlequins and then again last weekend against Bath at the Rec.

And with the likes of James Haskell and Billy Vunipola to take on this weekend Fisher insists he and his back-row teammates will have their work cut out for them on Saturday at a ground they have not won at since 2006.

“Wasps are a very strong side who have been really unlucky to not have won a game yet this season,” said Fisher.

“They have got quality players all over the pitch but particularly in the back row so that will be an important battle for me.

“We have got game breakers all over our back line so it’s up to us as the forwards to set them up so they can do what they do best and turn games on their head.

“Both of us are looking for our first wins of the season so we know just what a huge game this will be and we need to stick to our systems and do the little things well.”

London Wasps have slipped to five successive defeats in Aviva Premiership Rugby, since their 26-24 victory over Gloucester at Adams Park on 1 April.

But the last five meetings between the two teams have all been won by the home side and lock Tom Palmer is confident he and his Wasps teammates can continue the Exiles’ bad run this weekend.

“We are absolutely desperate for a win especially with it being the first game at Adams Park this year,” he said.

“We have had two games where we have played some great stuff but just ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

“The important thing is that we don’t lose that attacking intent but we just need to tighten up a bit at the same time.

“I think it is a positive thing and a good way round that we are scoring tries and just need to improve on our defence because that is an easier thing to do than trying to find a way to score tries when you are struggling.” 

Referee: Luke Pearce (6th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Stuart Terheege, Kevin Stuart.

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