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Haskell focused on the top six

Wasps flanker James Haskell is chomping at the bit for a return to action this weekend in a game he says is one of the biggest of the season.

Haskell is back in contention for a return to the field this weekend after a spell out with injury, and he says that Wasps' final home game at Adams Park on Sunday is massive.

“Finishing in the top six and qualifying for Europe are the most important things to all of us now. For me, if we manage to achieve that you can put this season down as a massive success. To come from being on the verge of relegation to qualifying for the Heineken Cup within a year would be a huge step forward. It will be important for the fans, who have shown so much support and faith, but more importantly for what our coaches have put in. Everyone is hugely focused."

Wasps host Exeter on Sunday (KO 14.00) in a game their coach Rob Baxter has described as a "Cup final’ before then travelling to Salford to take on Sale Sharks. Haskell makes no mistakes about how tough a task his side face in the next two fixtures.

“Both Exeter and Sale are very very threatening sides and if we are not on the money and don’t step things up from the level we have been at then we will be in a bit of difficulty. Sale, on paper, are a brilliant team. They haven’t been able to make it click for a full 80 minutes, but if they do, and they showed last week against Gloucester that they can, then they are well able to beat anyone."

This Sunday’s game could end up being a straight shoot out for that coveted sixth place in the Aviva Premiership and the focus from Haskell when asked about it is clear to see.

“Exeter are a very physical side, they have taken out a lot of teams this season and Sunday's fixture is massive for us, especially being at home. They are a very direct side so our tackling is going to have to be spot on. We have to stop them playing with momentum. They are well organised so we can’t afford to give away silly possession or territory which we have been guilty of sometimes recently.”

London Wasps take on Exeter Chiefs this Sunday 21 April, kick off 2pm. Tickets for the game are still available. To secure your place at the game you can use the Online Ticket Office or call the Adams Park Ticket Office on 0844 225 2990.

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