Miller looking forward to second leg in Galway
Wasps prepare to face Connacht Rugby for the second time in a week in Galway on Saturday and despite winning the first game Rob Miller knows his side will face a stern test to repeat the feat this time around.
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Miller started at full back in last weekend's 32-17 win and knows it will be tough to get a win against last season's Pro12 champions on their home patch.
"We were really pleased to get the win at the weekend, Connacht are a really tough side. Although there are areas of our game we would like to improve, I thought we scored some good tries to help us get the important win.
"It was hard work for us because Connacht are a top side, they keep the ball very well and have really dangerous players throughout their whole squad. They put us under a lot of pressure with their attacking shapes and defensively they are sound as well, so we had to work really hard to get those tries.
"We are happy with the win, but having reviewed the game we know we have lots to be working on for this weekend. We're quite clear with what we want to go and achieve, but we know it will be a tough test out in Galway."
It is a distinctive situation in professional rugby these days to find yourselves playing the same team back to back and Miller believes it brings it's own challenges.
"These two rounds just before Christmas are quite a unique situation where you play the same team back-to-back, that doesn't really happen throughout the rest of the season. Certainly for us as players and I'm sure the supporters as well enjoy the back-to-back games home and away.
"In the league your game plan may change quite dramatically from week-to-week depending on who you are playing. Whereas playing the same team means you may have planned to do something in round one, but you see something else during the game and you might have to alter it for the quick turnaround."
Miller was forced into a quick change recently himself as he got the late call-up to play at fly half against Worcester two weeks ago and thrived under the pressure landing six out of six kicks from the tee.
"We obviously had a few lads picking up some knocks, so I was happy to slot in there and the rest of the boys around me helped massively. Ultimately they were the ones that got us across the line against a really tough Worcester side.
"There is a group of us who kick most days, for those sort of situations when we are called upon to kick. I'm happy to goal kick and I was lucky the other week to get out there and show what I can do."
Miller has no plans to make fly half his long term position, but is just happy to play anywhere in the Wasps back line.
"Full back is the position I enjoy the most and the position that I have got used to playing over the last few years. With the guys you have got at the club, it's a really exciting back line to play in. The likes of Christian (Wade) and Josh (Bassett) outside of you with their out and out gas. The ball players inside you the likes of Jimmy (Gopperth), Danny (Cipriani) and Kurtley (Beale) who can put you in the right areas it is a good blend.
Competition for places in the squad is high and Miller believes that is a huge bonus for the club.
"The competition runs throughout the whole squad, it's good for us as a team because every training session is competitive and everyone wants to play, which drives the standards. It is completely normal that everyone wants to play every week, that is how it should be and the boys understand if you train well and perform well you will be given a shot.
"If you watch some of our games in the last few weeks, those last 20-25 minutes are massive for us. The injection of pace the boys from the bench bring on is ultimately what has got us over the line the last couple of times. When teams are tiring at about 60-65 minutes we are bringing on top class replacements, that are like for like in the squad and ultimately that is helping us to finish strongly."
A strong finish is likely to be very important, as Miller and co. battle the elements in Ireland.
"I've never been out to Galway but from what I've heard, it's going to be a really passionate crowd, right on top of everyone. We'll be looking forward to the atmosphere, but ultimately the focus is on ourselves to make improvements from last week and try to go out there and get the win.
"A few people have said the weather can be a little bit unpredictable out there, but I'm from the Lake District so I'm used to that. It's going to be tough, Connacht are a top side, but if the weather isn't the best then it will be the same for both teams." After Saturday's game against Connacht, Wasps return to action at home against Bath Rugby on Christmas Eve and tickets are available here