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Preview: Wasps v Newcastle Falcons

Preview: Wasps v Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons climbed off the foot of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table last time out and Rob Miller insists Wasps are fully prepared for a tough battle come Saturday.

Wasps will host the Falcons in high spirits having won their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby games, winning at home against Worcester Warriors and away at Northampton Saints.

But Newcastle will also arrive buoyed after two wins in their last three games saw them move off the bottom of the league, the latest success coming at home to Harlequins.

And while Wasps are in search of a third Aviva Premiership Rugby win in a row for the first time since New Year 2015, full-back Miller knows that is easier said than done against tricky opposition.

“Newcastle are always a good physical side who can cause any team problems,” he said.

“They have a big, physical forward pack, but they keep the ball well and their back-line are also very dangerous so there are threats all over the park for us to contend with.

“We know Newcastle can cause upsets, and particularly at home at the Ricoh we want to make sure we don’t fall foul of that.

“We’ll have a clear assessment of how we want to play the game this week, and we are certainly not underestimating them.”

Newcastle Falcons might no longer be looking up at the rest of Aviva Premiership Rugby, but they still haven’t fixed their travel woes, their only league away win since October 2013 coming at London Welsh in October 2014.

They have also failed to beat Wasps in their last four attempts, but ahead of their first ever trip to the Ricoh Arena Sean Robinson is far from throwing in the towel.

“Obviously it will be a tough game for us, but we’ll take confidence from the Harlequins result,” Robinson said.

“And if we can put some of the faults from the Harlequins game right then we might just be able to get something from the game.”

Ricoh Arena, 2pm

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (11th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Andy Watson. TMO: Keith Lewis.

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