Jacobs: We are treating Saturday like a Final
Ahead of this weekend’s European Champions Cup clash with Harlequins at The Stoop, Ben Jacobs says that the game is a must-win.
After back-to-back wins over Castres in rounds three and four of the competition, Wasps have set themselves up with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition. That progression however relies on some big performances in the final two pool stage games, the first of which takes place this Saturday at The Stoop.
Ahead of the game, Ben Jacobs said that there is a sense of excitement within the squad about the challenge ahead.
“With two good results in the last two European games against Castres we have put ourselves in a position to go further in the competition and achieve something that would be really good for the Club. Everyone’s really excited; we have a great opportunity. Harlequins is a grudge match for us as they have had the edge over us in the last few meetings so we’re really looking forward to going there and putting on a good show.”
“It was a disappointing result for us at the weekend, we didn’t play like we know we can, except in the last twenty minutes, and we’re disappointed about that. Over the past five or six weeks we have built up something really good and you don’t lose that in one game. We have trained well so far this week after a good meeting on Monday where we talked through everything and we are all really looking forward to the Harlequins game on Saturday.”
“The change into Europe has come at a good time for us. We can put the Premiership to one side for the time being, happy that we have done pretty well in that block of games. These two games in Europe are like finals for us in that we have to win both games to go through to the knockout stages. We are treating Saturday like a final. We can take the last twenty minutes of the game against Bath where we proved that we can compete against sides like Bath and now we need to produce a performance like that across the full 80 minutes.”
Jacobs has been in a rich vein of form of late, which has resulted in him starting five of the last six games and the Australian centre says that he is enjoying every minute of it.
“It’s been great; I’ve really enjoyed it. I love playing with the players we have in this squad at the moment. Andy Goode is a great general, which allows me to concentrate on my own game and trying to create some time and space for the guys outside me. I’m really enjoying it at the moment and hopefully it keeps going.”
“It’s very easy when you have the likes of Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Tom Varndell and Sailosi Tagicakibau outside you; you just want to give them as much space as possible. Over the last five or six weeks we have created a lot as a back line, scoring some really good tries. The structure and the way we play has been really good and that comes from us having a good understanding of what we are trying to do.”
Wasps travel to The Stoop this weekend to face Harlequins before finishing the group stages at the Ricoh Arena the following weekend against Leinster. Tickets for that game are still available to purchase online here.