McIntyre: We have to focus on ourselves
Having made his first start since his recovery from injury last week, Simon McIntyre says that this weekend's Anglo Welsh game against Exeter is a great opportunity for him to get some much-needed game time.
After picking up an ankle injury against Saracens in October, Simon McIntyre spent three months on the sidelines, finally making his return off the bench against Tigers in December, and making his first start last weekend in the win over Zebre.
"Injuries are part and parcel of the game these days,' said McIntyre, 'but it was hard to take to be out for that long and forced to watch the boys from the sidelines. I’m just glad to now be back and to have been involved in some really important games over the Christmas period that have now set us up nicely for the tail end of the season, getting ourselves into the Quarter Finals of Europe and sitting top of the league, it’s been nice to come into a side where we’re winning."
Last weekend Wasps booked themselves a place in the European Champions Cup Quarter Finals with a 41-27 win over Zebre in Italy but McIntyre said the performance wasn't where the team would've hoped.
"The weekend wasn’t classic us, we didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked, but ultimately it was about getting the five points and getting through to the next stage of the competition, and we’re really happy to be progressing to the Quarter Finals."
With a place in the European Quarter Finals secured, and sitting top of the Aviva Premiership, McIntyre says Wasps is a great place to be at the moment.
"It’s a very fun place to be when you’re winning, it’s a lot easier coming into training! We pride ourselves as a group on being our own toughest critics, and we know there’s a lot for us to work on, but we have these two weeks to re-focus ahead of the return to the Aviva Premiership."
McIntyre is likely to be included this weekend as Wasps make the trip to Sandy Park to face Exeter Chiefs in the Anglo Welsh Cup, and he says he's excited to get some much-needed game time in a squad that sees a mix of youth and experience.
"I’ve only had three appearances since coming back from injury and I really need some game time. There’s an exciting blend of young guys getting their opportunity as well as some of us more experienced players getting a bit of game time ahead of a very busy 6 Nations period. We pride ourselves on being a strong squad and it doesn’t matter who pulls on that jersey.
"Sandy Park is always a hard place to go and play but we have to focus on ourselves. There are new players being mixed in so the focus this week really has been on us. That’s all we can control and hopefully we put in a good performance down there."