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Goode: We want more

On Friday night London Wasps took to the field in the first preseason fixture ahead of the 2013/14 season, having travelled to France to take on Clermont Auvergne.

Despite a narrow loss in a game where the odds had been stacked against them, with a fresh-look squad, against a side in a well-advanced stage of their preseason preparation, Andy Goode said after the game that the overriding emotion for his side was of disappointment not to have come away with a win.

“It’s great to get our first hit out, we scored some really good tries and went in ahead at half time, but what we spoke about in the changing room after the game was that, despite it being a good first performance, we aren’t happy coming to places like this and nearly doing well. To be up like we were at half time we want to then go on and win those kind of games.”

Having arrived at London Wasps over the summer, Andy Goode has seemingly jumped straight in, showing no signs of teething problems in a new side. It is a group of players, he said, who have impressed him with their attitude.

“Coming to this Club from the outside I can truly say that there are a great bunch of boys here. The work ethic in terms of preseason has been really impressive. I haven’t seen a group of players work that hard in my career and I have had to step up to be able to keep up with them. The desire and willingness to improve has been second to none. The coaching set up in Dai, Stephen Jones and Brad Davis is steering us in the right direction and everyone is working really hard to make their vision come to fruition. The young talented guys here aren’t that young anymore; Christian Wade is a British and Irish Lion, Joe Launchbury is a regular England starter. There are a lot of good things ready to happen this year.”

“We did some very good things this evening but then towards the end of the game we lost a bit of shape, which Clermont exposed us with. We are in a good place, we have worked very hard up until now but we now have a real grasp of what we need to now work harder on before the season starts. There is no doubt that they are a very good side, we played really quite well against what was the second best side in Europe last year but we want more. We can walk away from this game with our heads held high but we are disappointed not to get the win that we could have gotten.”

On a personal level, the fixture was the first time that Goode had worn the Black and Gold, and he said that it was an occasion that galvanised his appetite for more in London Wasps colours.

“As a fly half you have to fit in as quickly as you can because you are calling the shots. We have had a tough preseason so far and the boys have been great in terms of buying into everything that the coaches have wanted and I felt very comfortable playing with these guys. They are making me feel both young and old at the same time if that makes sense!”

“I really enjoyed pulling on the Wasps shirt for the first time this season, it has been a long preseason leading up to that point, but now Im hungry for more. We have a big week ahead of us and then another chance to sharpen our game against Connacht next weekend.”