Wentzel in action for Wasps
Wentzel and Thompson in action for Leeds together
Lock Marco Wentzel says that his side are expecting nothing but a huge battle at the home ground of the Premiership’s newly promoted team.
“Worcester is a tough place to go and they have been doing well this season. We have had our ups and downs so it’s going to be a real challenge.”
Wentzel could be reunited this weekend with Steve Thompson, his teammate at Leeds last year, after the England hooker linked up with his new team last week. He is vying for the number 2 shirt after his return from the World Cup and Wentzel says he is a fantastic addition.
“I’m really happy to be reunited with Steve who is also at the moment my new housemate! He cleans up after me, buys food and does everything around the house! Seriously though it is good news for us that he has joined the squad and we’ve been working hard with him this past week so hopefully he will have a part to play this weekend.”
Wentzel, who leads the Wasps line-out, says Thompson’s arrival will also be a boost to the set-piece.
“The lineout has been going well and Steve and I have a good understanding but it is always going to be something you need to work on. We’ve got a couple of other really good hookers here too to benefit us in that area. The Premiership is not easy when it comes to the set piece and if there is a slippy ball on Friday night it is going to be tough. However the last few weeks the scrum has been much improved. Against Bath it was pretty good but we need to get that consistency into the scrum as we have been having in the lineout.”
Consistency, Wentzel says, has been an issue throughout the season so far.
“We have got some really exciting players in the backs with the likes of Tom Varndell and Christian Wade who are scoring a lot of tries. We score these amazing tries and run some amazing moves but then suddenly we fall asleep for five minutes and people score against us so it is just about us being awake and in the game for the full 80 minutes. It’s something that the coaches have been hammering home to us so as players we are responsible for sorting it out.”
Wentzel is very positive about the direction the team is heading.
“I think some people think of Wasps and think that as a team we have won all these trophies and honours and we should be winning every game, but the current group is not that team. We are a young team with at least 16 new guys, a new director of rugby and new coaches. We are actually doing well for a brand new team, but we are still learning and hopefully we will get better and better as we go along.”
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