Macken excited about opportunity to face Ospreys on Sunday
As Wasps prepare for Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Pro 12 leaders Ospreys, Brendan Macken says the squad are looking to keep Wasps’ home record going.
“We are the guys with the shirt this weekend and we’ve got to make sure that we keep that home record going. It is also important for us to get some momentum going as we go back into the Premiership. We don’t want to have two consecutive losses, we want to go out to the Ricoh in front of our support, play the Wasps way and hopefully get a win.”
Wasps suffered a heavy defeat against Exeter Chiefs last weekend and Macken believes there were things to be learnt from the game for the young side.
“There were definitely positives to take out of last week’s game. The young guys like Will Porter and Tom Willis that got a few days off school to come out and play, did well and saw how difficult the step up from schoolboy rugby is and that will stand them in great stead going forward.
“It’s also game time for a few of us that haven’t played as regularly as we would have liked over the last few weeks. It’s still not acceptable to lose by such a considerable margin, despite what kind of side Exeter had out, so hopefully we will make amends this Sunday.”
The 52-5 scoreline on Saturday didn’t really reflect the game, as Wasps enjoyed 60% of possession and created numerous chances of their own, something the 25-year-old acknowledges.
“We created a load of chances and we did have quite a lot of possession, the thing is Exeter converted all of their chances into points and were really clinical. We just weren’t as clinical. When you lose 52-5, it’s pretty difficult to come out of a game with a smile on your face, but I was happy to get the game time, which I haven’t had in a while.”
Macken believes it is an ideal time for the players involved in Sunday’s game to step up, with a few players away on international duty during the Six Nations.
“It’s important the squad does get game time, because when you come to the business end of the season, you want everyone up to speed with what is going on. You want guys getting vital rest and you want other players to be able to step straight in, so that they know their roles and they don’t need three or four games to get up to match sharpness.”
Looking ahead to this weekend, the Irish centre knows Ospreys will be a difficult opponent, as they sit top of the Pro 12 and still have a chance of making it through to the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi finals.
“Ospreys are flying high in the Pro 12 at the moment. They are an excellent side and former Wasps Coach Brad Davis has really improved their defence. It was pretty good before he arrived, but it is really good now, so they will be a really good test for us on Sunday.”
Tickets for Wasps' clash with Ospreys at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 5 February, kick-off 3.00pm, are still available to purchase online here.