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Wasps prepare for the Dragons as European action returns

Wasps travel to Rodney Parade this Sunday in the first of back to back clashes with Newport Gwent Dragons in the Heineken Cup

Wasps in action against Glasgow Warriors in Round 2

Wasps in action against Glasgow Warriors in Round 2

London Wasps opened their 2010/11 Heineken Cup campaign with a trip to reigning champions, Toulouse, where an inspired and dogged performance saw the men in black and gold very nearly snatch victory from the French giants in their own backyard. Only two points separated the teams on the final whistle and whilst Wasps left the wrong side of the scoreline, the effort on the pitch was one that showed a clear intent for success in Europe this season. This was clearly seen the following weekend as fellow Pool 6 opponents, Glasgow Warriors, travelled to High Wycombe and the home team secured a resounding 38 – 26 victory in front of the Adams Park faithful.

The opening two rounds have placed Tony Hanks’ men in second place with six points, just two points behind Pool leaders Toulouse. It is however Welsh opponents that Wasps must master in the next two weeks of the competition with a trip to Rodney Parade this Sunday and a return leg back on home soil the following weekend at the earlier time of 1pm on Sunday 19th December.

Newport have fallen at the hands of both Glasgow and Toulouse but will be a dangerous side with only victory on their minds. A narrow loss against Glasgow away at the Firhill Arena and a resounding loss to Toulouse have not flattered the Welsh side but they are anything but pushovers with wins this season against Ospreys, Gloucester and Munster to prove that.

Wasps go into the game on the back of four consecutive wins which have helped them to climb to fifth in the Aviva Premiership table. The return of some of players from international duty and injury has bolstered the squad and that focus and determination that has ensured the recent run of form will be something that Wasps fans can hope to enjoy over the next two weeks.

Pool 6 Results so far

08/10/10 Glasgow Warriors 21 – 13 Newport Gwent Dragons
10/10/10 Toulouse 18 – 16 London Wasps
16/10/10 Newport Gwent Dragons 19 – 40 Toulouse
17/10/10 London Wasps 38 – 26 Glasgow Warriors

Pool 6 table as it stands