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Preview: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Preview: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Two of England’s in-form sides meet at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday and prop Jake Cooper-Woolley is adamant his Wasps side are prepared for all the threats that Exeter Chiefs bring.

Wasps come into the game with four wins from their last four in all competitions, including superb victories over Leinster and Toulon in Europe.

But the Chiefs have only lost once in Aviva Premiership Rugby league all season – a narrow defeat at Bath Rugby on the opening weekend.

Last season it was Joe Simpson’s magnificent solo try that gave Wasps victory at the Ricoh Arena, indeed the last four meetings between these two sides have been won by the home team.

And Cooper-Woolley is hoping his side can continue their fine run against the second-placed Chiefs.

“I think since I have been playing in the Premiership Exeter have always been one of the toughest games every year,” he said.

“They are a fast, high-tempo team and they will present a massive challenge for us.

“It took a bit of brilliance from Joe (Simpson) last season for us to get the win and we came a bit unstuck at their place.

“We are preparing ourselves for what is the first of a run of big games for the club.

“We appreciate the threats that they have everywhere on the pitch, they’ve got a big scrum, a good set-piece and some big ball carriers like Thomas Waldrom and Dave Ewers. Every one of us will have to be on our game or we will lose.”

The Chiefs beat Newcastle 41-3 on their most recent away trip in the competition but have not won two in a row on the road in Premiership Rugby since September 2014.

Exeter's most recent victory on Wasps’ soil came at Adams Park in April 2013 and Chiefs centre Sam Hill knows his side must be at their best if they are to come away with a victory from Coventry.

“Wasps will be a massive test. We have analysed them this week and we have seen how well they have been going this year,” he said.

“They have had some massive wins over the last few weeks. We know it is going to be really physical, it’s a massive game.

“Their biggest threat is from turnovers, their back three are really quick – you could see that against Toulon.

“We will need to be solid and not give them the ball. Discpline will be crucial as well – Daly can kick penalties from everywhere.” 

(Ricoh Arena, 5.30pm)

Referee: Greg Garner (87th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Kelvin Stewart & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Keith Lewis.

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