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Mullan: It's clear how important this weekend is

We caught up with Matt Mullan ahead of this Saturday’s game against Sale Sharks.

Wasps came away from last weekend’s game with Bath at The Rec with a losing bonus point, going down in style when compared to the display that preceded it. After the game however, it was clear that no one was happy with almost winning. Dai Young commended the way his side had performed but, on the loss, said “we aren’t over the moon about it”. Mullan echoed his Director of Rugby’s sentiments.

“We were obviously massively disappointed with the performance and result against London Irish. That fed us throughout the week running up to the game against Bath, which led to a much better performance. However, we are never going to be satisfied coming away from a game with a losing bonus point. We go into every game expecting to win and if we had cut out some of the errors in the first twenty minutes we would have stood a better chance.”

The below par performance against London Irish was clearly a motivation for the team when preparing for their trip to The Rec and Mullan said that it may be the fuel they need going into the latter stages of the season.

“Even without playing badly yourself you can see by some of the other results that you can never afford to switch off, anybody on their day can beat anybody else. As a group, if we could turn back the clock, we would rather not have needed a disappointing performance to give us the kick we have had but if it does refocus us going into the end of the season then some good will come out of it.”

“We have spoken at the start of this week about how important this weekend’s game is, it doesn’t take a genius to work that out by looking at the league, knowing what a win or a loss could do to our season. It is also important for us to think about the performance and backing up what we did last weekend with another good display rather than getting too bogged down by results. The effort and determination the boys showed down at Bath is probably what we have to use as a bench mark. We can’t afford to slip up like we did against London Irish, we have to back up our performances week on week, show one hundred percent commitment, one hundred percent effort and that will lead to results in the long run.”

During the Six Nations window, Mullan has been back and forth between Pennyhill Park and Twyford Avenue, still included in England’s training squad but, as of yet, not selected as part of the matchday squad. The prop said that the back and forth, although difficult, has only helped to reiterate the importance of playing well for his Club.

“It’s only strange in terms of there being a bit more travelling and two sets of calls going on in your head. I just get on with it really knowing that I go off at the start of the week to train with England, do as well as I can and make as good an impression as I can. I haven’t been given a shot yet but the only way I will get that is by doing well here. There is no time to get caught up in that or get upset about it, I have a job to do for Wasps and if I am serious about playing for England I have to play well for Wasps. That is quite easy to do considering how important a time this is for the Club. The boys wouldn’t let me come back and just drift, neither would Dai, so it is quite easy to stay focused and I know that I have to get my head on and play as well as I can.”

This weekend Wasps host Sale Sharks at Adams Park in a clash that will see the sixth placed side in the Aviva Premiership take on seventh. The winners of the fixture will gain momentum over their counterparts going into the final stage of the season and Mullan says that there is a lot riding on the game.

“I don’t think they would even need the motivation of the current league standings. They have some good results this year, they haven’t just had one good spell they’ve had pretty consistent results. They beat us earlier in the season at their place and will come to Adams Park on Saturday looking to get the win and it is up to us to play as well as we can and not let that happen.”

There are still tickets available for this Saturday's game at Adams Park against Sale Sharks. To secure your place at the game go to www.wasps.co.uk/tickets.ink.

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