London Irish may have sprung the surprise of the season after beating Saracens in their own backyard, but prop Matt Parr insists replicating that performance against London Wasps is essential.
Parr ran over for his maiden Aviva Premiership try last Saturday as the Exiles became the first team to win at Allianz Park in a regular season game.
However, the odds of a successive away victory are stacked against them – having not achieved the feat in the Premiership since October 2010.
In addition Irish have only won once against Wasps in their last five encounters, but Parr has urged his side to build on their Sarries scalp at Adams Park on Saturday.
“The Saracens game has given everyone a bit of confidence, we wanted to have a go at them and now we’ve got another big game this week – we got shown up a little by Wasps last time,” he said.
“We played them in the LV= Cup last month need to match them and take them up front a lot better than we did last time.
“And with the weather conditions being as horrendous as they are at the moment the forwards will probably need to step it up even more.
“A good team backs up a great win with another one, we’ve proven what we can do but it could be all for nothing if we don’t keep improving.”
Adams Park has become a stronghold of late, with Wasps’ single loss in their last five fixtures on home turf coming against Northampton Saints last December.
However, Dai Young’s men had to deal with a blow on their travels last time out after losing to Harlequins by a single point.
And the Exiles’ big weekend at Saracens certainly caught the attention of Wasps back Elliot Daly, who is eager to bring their London rivals back to earth with a bump.
“London Irish are a good team and the two games we've played against them so far this have been close run affairs,” he said.
“They’ve got good individual players and they beat Saracens on the weekend so they’re a team that you can’t underestimate. Hopefully if we put our structures together we’ll put in a good performance.
“They’ve got some momentum going into the game. It was always going to happen, they’re one of those teams that can always put good plays together. At the start of the season things may not have been going their way but at the moment it seems to be doing that.
“We were all disappointed with the loss. We’ve now lost to Quins by a point twice this year. It was ours to win and we missed out on a few opportunities.
“We’re looking to get back into winning ways. We’d been on a good run before the last two defeats. We’re coming to the business end of the season now and we’re looking to break into the top six and keep our place up there.”
Adams Park (3pm)
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (77th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gordon Goodliffe & Darren Gamage. TMO: Rowan Kitt.