Lawrence: There are places up for grabs

Buster Lawrence looks ahead to this Sunday’s LV=Cup clash with London Irish at Adams Park and says that, with players away on international duty, there are Premiership places up for grabs.

New to the Club, and in a very competitive back row grouping, Buster Lawrence has had to make do with A League and LV=Cup game time so far this year but he says that, as he starts to come to terms with the pace of the game in the top flight, he is feeling more comfortable in black and gold.

“It’s been a learning curve, that’s for sure. As the season has gone on I think I’ve caught up with it all a bit more. When I first got here I was a little bit off the pace of the way the game is played here and the coaches let me know that. We have our one-on-one meetings and they were very frank with me, which was great because it lets you know exactly where you are. As time has gone on and I’ve played a few games I think I’ve started to adapt to rugby at this level and I’m looking forward to continuing to get better.”

Despite a loss on the road last weekend against Sale Sharks, there were a number of encouraging performances in black and gold, and Lawrence highlights Thomas Young and Alex Lozowski as two top performers from round one.

“Watching the video back we are really disappointed with the loss but there were some good performances, especially from the young guys and the guys who are in their first year here, guys like Thomas Young and Alex Lozowski. There are some positives but we know that we left a win out there.”

“Some of the boys who haven’t had a chance have had the opportunity through the LV=Cup to show what they can do. We have a lot of depth here, especially in the second and back rows, so these two weeks have given some of us a real shot. When we go back into the Aviva Premiership we will still have guys away on international duty so there are definitely spots open for players to grab in these two weeks. I’ve had some good feedback from the coaches. There’s still a long way for me to go; looking back at the games I have seen where I could have done things better.”

This Sunday Wasps return to Adams Park for round two of the competition where they will face London Irish. Lawrence says that the team are expecting a win this weekend.

“Adams Park has been the go to for us. Our home form has been great so far this season and this weekend we will be looking to continue that. We are coming into the game on the back of a couple of defeats so we will, no disrespect to London Irish, be looking for a win this Sunday and expecting to get it.”

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