Simpson: We know what Northampton are going to bring

Joe Simpson says that he and his teammates must look to gain parity up front if they are hopeful of a win at Adams Park this Sunday.

Wasps missed out narrowly at Twickenham last weekend as Saracens scored two late tries to steal a win on the opening weekend. Simpson says that the manner of the result was a tough one to take but adds that the team have taken a lot of confidence from the way they fought back from an early deficit.

“It was obviously a gutting loss to be pipped with the last play of the game. It has given us some confidence, knowing that we can mix it with the best sides in the league.”

“At times we outplayed them; for 35 minutes of the second half we were the dominant team, scoring three tries unanswered and we looked strong and in control of the game. It was unfortunately our errors that let them back into the game.”

“Getting back into the game after giving them a big lead was a tough ask and something that we managed but we just let it slip at the end. It’s a mix of emotions; we have that positivity, we know that we can be up there but we know that sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.”

This weekend the task is no easier. Reigning champions Northampton Saints visit Adams Park on Sunday fresh from an emphatic win over Gloucester in their opening game and Simpson says that Wasps will have to nullify their threats up front before they can really start to threaten out wide.

“We know what Northampton are going to bring; it’s going to be a hugely physical match. They have a strong pack and they like keeping it tight but when they spread the ball they have danger runners everywhere. We need to target stopping them up front. It is going to be hugely important for us to try and match their physicality up front. We would like to think that we are slightly quicker than them in the backs so if we gain parity up front we can cause them problems with our expansive game.”

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