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Daly excited by 2014 prospects

This week we caught up with Elliot Daly as the side prepare to face Bayonne this weekend after one of the most dramatic games at Adams Park in recent years.

Last weekend Wasps came out 19-16 winners over Exeter Chiefs, turning around a 13-3 halftime deficit to level the scores and win the game in dramatic fashion with a last minute drop goal from Andy Goode.

Having narrowly missed out to both Harlequins and Northampton to last minute kicks this season, some may argue that Wasps were due a bit of luck this time around and Daly says that he thinks ultimately his side deserved the win.

“We’ve had a couple of close ones that haven’t gone our way so it was about time we came out on the right side of one of those. I think that we deserved the win, the way we played in the second half warranted the result but we can’t let ourselves gloss over the first half. We were just not clinical enough. We made far too many errors and compounded those errors which put us under a lot of pressure. We only had one lineout in their half in the first 40 minutes.”

“I think that overall the first half performance was disappointing but we did create chances. There were a number of times when we broke the line but we then either weren’t composed enough or our skills let us down. In terms of chances there was a bonus point that we left out there on Sunday. Apart from Joe Simpson’s try it was pretty sloppy in terms of our attack and if we want to be pushing the top part of the table we need to be far more accurate.”

“The real positive to take from the weekend is the way that we turned things around at halftime. They came at us with a real intensity and played the game at a high tempo that we didn’t match in the first half. I think that, with their first try it was obvious we were slightly off the pace, but we managed to come out after halftime and turned things around to win the second period 16 points to 3.”

After four games away from the Premiership in the coming weeks, Wasps will then face Harlequins at the Stoop on Sunday 9 February and, with one point separating the two sides in the Aviva Premiership table, it is clear that it will be a crunch game in terms of the league but there is also a clear personal motivation for the players.

“We are all looking forward to that game. If we win that game we will force ourselves right up the table but there are a few demons to banish after the first game against them at Twickenham. We know how good it feels to go to The Stoop and come away with a result having done it last season and we are all going to be focused on trying to produce a clinical performance for that one.”

This weekend Wasps turn their attentions to the Amlin Challenge Cup as they travel to France for their crunch game in Pool 4 against Bayonne. Daly says that his side, who have become familiar with Bayonne in recent years, know that they will be in for a tough test.

“We seem to get Bayonne every year and it seems to come down to us trying to get a result at their place in order to top the pool. It is always a tough place to go but we know exactly what we will be preparing for. Having played them at Adams Park earlier this season we know what they will bring. There will be some stars on show and when they are given ball in the right areas they will punish us. They are always a force when at home and we know that it will be a tough battle. If we win then it sets us up well to get a home Quarter Final and to hopefully play one of the Heineken Cup teams coming down, which is what we all want to test ourselves against.”