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Wentzel preparing for tough challenge in Newport

Having been at the heart of the Club since his arrival in the summer of 2011, Marco Wenzel is looking forward with optimism to the rest of the season.

Having claimed a bonus point win over Mogliano last weekend at Adams Park, Wasps ensured their qualification for the knockout stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup. Combined with sitting in fourth place in the Aviva Premiership, the Club is in a good place going into the back end of the season.

“The position that we are in in the Premiership is great because it means that we are not looking over our shoulder in the way that we were last year. It has been great this year to have a full training squad as a result of having most of our squad fit and not having sixteen or seventeen injuries like last season. However, there are no games in the Premiership that you would consider to be easy wins and that is evident when you look at the teams we have left to play. There are a lot of hard games ahead of us if we want to stay up there we will have to work very hard.”

“The major difference between this season and last is that last year we were playing the same fifteen guys week in week out, whereas our depth this season has allowed us to keep players a lot fresher and that has shown.”

“Our defence has really improved over the last six or seven games. We have always been able to score tries from anywhere on the pitch. We have the talent within our squad to cause any team trouble but our defence has really improved.”

“We were in a similar position in the European competition as we are this year. It is a competition that as a squad we enjoy playing in and we feel as though we can challenge for silverware this season. The nice thing about the Amlin Challenge Cup is that you play against different teams. It lets you get away from the other Premiership teams and play different clubs in different environments. It is a very tough competition and it is only going get a lot harder in the knockout stages.”

This Thursday night Wasps travel to Newport to play the Dragons in the Amlin Challenge Cup’s final group stage match at Rodney Parade. Wentzel says that he and the rest of the team have no doubts about how tough a challenge they face despite having already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.

“They are a very tough side to beat anywhere but especially at home. They have a great amount of pride in their home record, in front of their home fans, much the same as us. It will be a very tough physical game for us. We are travelling on the day and we are already through to the knockout stages so we will have to guard against being complacent as a home Quarter Final is something that we want.”

See London Wasps in action at the next home game against Sale Sharks on Saturday 2 February. Tickets are available via the Ticket Office Hotline on 0844 225 2990 or online here.