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Preview: London Welsh v London Wasps

Preview: London Welsh v London Wasps

London Wasps captain Hugo Southwell admits his side are more determined than ever to end their Aviva Premiership away day hoodoo at London Welsh on Saturday.


The 25-18 victory over bottom-side Sale Sharks last weekend means Wasps have lost only one of their last six games.

But Wasps are still yet to win on their travels in the Aviva Premiership this season, with their winless away run now stretching back over 12 months.

And with the tenth-placed Exiles having won their last two Aviva Premiership home games, Southwell knows his side face a tough challenge.

“That away win is one we are obviously desperate to get now at this stage,” said Southwell.

“We are an improving team but we are not quite there yet in terms of being consistent throughout whole games and when you are away, if you make those little mistakes you get punished.

“Most of the games we’ve lost this year have been by around three to seven points so you could say that we are very, very close but still it’s frustrating to be far away as well.

“We have another chance this weekend but we need to be more consistent.

“What they [London Welsh] have done so far this season is a huge credit to them and their key strength is how they trust each other on the pitch in attack and defence.

“They bring a real hard edge to the breakdown so we know it’s going to be massively physical and they have a good record at the Kassam so we appreciate this is a really tough one.”

Wasps ran out 29-19 winners when the two teams met earlier in the season at Adams Park with Nicky Robinson’s late penalty denying the Exiles a losing bonus point.

Seb Jewell is one of four ex-Wasps players in the London Welsh ranks and he maintains his side need no extra motivation.

“There’s a few of us who’ve played at Wasps before, so there’s a rivalry and you’re always keen to get one over your former team-mates,” said Jewell.

“It’s also always important to beat those teams in and around you in the table, so it’s going to be a massive game.

“It’s also a chance to put the record straight – we need a big performance on Saturday.

“Losing the bonus right at the death just added to our disappointment. Hopefully that won’t cost us, but it could be a huge point lost at the end of the season.

“At the beginning of the season people were saying we weren’t going to win a game, so to be in the situation we are now is great.

“We’re under no illusions – this season is about survival and we feel we’ve got the players to do that. If we survive, we’ll have proved everyone wrong.”

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (57th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Gareth Copsey.

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