Wasps winger Tom Varndell has warned his teammates that this Sunday’s clash with Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership could have serious ramifications for their season as a whole.
Dai Young’s troops only avoided relegation by a solitary point last season and have begun this campaign with one win from their first five encounters.
But there has been more cause for optimism this time around as the London club have shown plenty of attacking threat, scoring more points than any other team in the league barring Harlequins and Gloucester.
On Sunday they host a Warriors side that have slipped to nine successive away defeats in all competitions since the last time they visited Adams Park on New Year’s Day.
And Varndell, who has four tries to his name this season already, insists that even this early into the season Sunday’s clash is something of a must-win game.
“This weekend is massive for us because to have only one won game so far this season is disappointing,” he said.
“It is a game we are looking to win and to win well because suddenly if we don’t win this weekend then people are going to think that perhaps we are the same Wasps as last year who are going to be in a relegation battle.
“That would not be good for our confidence and in general we have got to be looking to win our home games and then if you look at getting losing bonus points and things away from home you can be in a good position.”
London Wasps' single victory in their last nine matches in all competitions remains the 43-14 win over London Irish at Adams Park in round three while Worcester opened their winning account this season with their 35-11 win over London Irish at Sixways last time out.
Both encounters between the clubs in the Premiership last season ended in wins for the away side and Warriors scrum-half Jonny Arr knows full well the importance of performing away from home.
“For plenty of years now victories away from Sixways have been few and far between so that is definitely something we need to work on, starting this Sunday,” he said.
“Wasps have a lot of potent attacking threats in the likes of Tom Varndell, Christian Wade and Joe Simpson so we will have to look to cancel out those guys.
“If we can stop those guys who we have singled out as their big threats then we have shown this season that we have the ability to score tries.
“With that in mind this weekend has the potential to be a real cracker of a game.”
Referee: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (5th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Roy Maybank, Paul Burton.