Ashley Johnson: We’re desperate to get the win

Wasps host Bath in Aviva Premiership action at Adams Park this Sunday and Ashley Johnson says that the side will be giving everything to get a win.

After a disappointing loss to Sale Sharks on the road last weekend, Wasps return to Adams Park this Sunday to play Bath. This week has seen some big announcements off the field at Wasps but Johnson, who has started the season in brilliant form, says that the players haven’t found it hard to focus on what will be a huge clash against one of the league’s in-form sides.

“It’s really big. Obviously there has been some on-going stuff off the field but for us players we have remained focus on this weekend’s game. It’s not hard to maintain your focus when you have a side like Bath coming to town, who are one of the form teams in the league. Everybody is excited about the announcements this week and it has definitely boosted morale in the camp but it hasn’t taken away from our match preparations. Everything was all go out on the training field today and we will go up to Adams Park in high spirits this Sunday.”

Wasps have started well but their points tally hasn’t fully reflected the performances on the field. Despite sitting ninth in the Aviva Premiership table, Johnson says that the side are very confident in their capabilities.

“No disrespect to Bath, but our focus has to be on us. We have looked at them and we know how well balanced their side is but we have to concentrate on what we can do well. They have good, strong guys in the pack, but so do we and they have some really dangerous ball players and runners out wide, but so do we. We have to worry about us and try to put them to the sword.”

“This year we have played some really good rugby. It’s hard to say that you deserved to win game but we know that in a number of the games so far we were in a position to win but just failed to land that knockout punch. This is a really tough competition, there are a lot of games to play. We have to stick to our game plan and keep improving. That extra five percent will make a huge difference to us. We are desperate for the win this weekend so we will be giving everything.”

Johnson has started the 2014/15 season in brilliant form. With a number of man of the match performances under his belt already this year, Johnson has attracted praise from supporters and media alike. He says that a tough preseason and the growth of the pack in front of him have both contributed.

“It was a tough pre-season this year and I feel like I started the season in good condition. Dan Baugh and the medical team looked after me really well this pre-season and got me into a good place for the start of the year. I really felt good and it’s great for me to be able to show what I can do out on the field. From a team point of view, our pack has improved phenomenally over the last three years. As a back row forward you can only thrive on that. If I look back at how we’ve grown as a pack of forwards since my first year at the Club is it almost unrecognisable. As a back row, to be able to dominate side’s up front gives you so many more options.”

Tickets for this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership fixture against Bath at Adams Park, kick off 2pm, are still available to purchase from the Online Ticket Office.