Wasps return to action this Friday after two weekend’s with no fixtures and, having not had the results they had targeted from the games before the break, it’s clear that everyone is keen to set the record straight.
After being given a week off, the boys have been back at the training ground for two weeks leading up to the game and Chris Bell says that the time away was a great chance to refocus, which has made a noticeable difference on the training field.
“We had quite high expectations of ourselves for February and how we wanted to perform in those games but we didn’t get anywhere near where we wanted to be. It was a difficult month for us; we didn’t play as well as we wanted to do or as well as we know we can do. We have had a bit of time away to rest and recover and we have then been put through our paces last week and this week to make sure we get it right at Worcester.”
Bell says that a key focus for the backs has been their attack and maintaining possession of the ball for longer periods.
“We have really been focusing hard in the last two weeks to make sure we are up to our best. We have got to hold onto the ball for longer. In the past few games we haven’t put sides under enough pressure by going through the phases because of errors or inaccuracies. That has been key to what we have been working on; going through the phases and putting sides under pressure.”
“We have proved in recent games that when we keep hold of the ball we can score some good tries. We showed that against Bath but then the week after against Sale we just didn’t do those things well. There is very little space in the Premiership, all the defences are very well organised, so you either have to have some brilliance or you have to wear a side down. In recent weeks we haven’t given ourselves the best opportunities to attack so that has been a real focus.”
Wasps travel to Sixways on Friday to face a Worcester side who sit bottom of the Aviva Premiership. However, Bell says that they have impressed him with their performances of late and warns that, if he and his teammates are not at the top of their game, they will get little joy from the fixture.
“Worcester are not a bad side and they have been playing very well recently so we know that we will be up against a good side, as we are every week in the Aviva Premiership. If we don’t turn up and play as well as we can do we will be in for a very tough night at Sixways.”
“Worcester have some very good ball carriers up front, an experienced nine and ten as well as a dangerous back three. We have to be accurate in everything we do and, in particular, we have to make sure that we kick well otherwise they will look to punish us.”