On joining the Club ahead of this season, Josh Bassett couldn’t have been blamed for targeting the LV=Cup as his chance to shine. However, with injuries to Christian Wade and more recently Tom Varndell, 21-year-old Bassett has had far more game time than he would have expected and has already made himself at home in black and gold.
“When you come into a new team your first goal is to get as much game time as possible. Getting as much as I have done has been amazing. Looking at the LV=Cup, it is definitely a competition that young players look to target and it was something that I was targeting as my chance to show what I can do. It turns out that I have had more opportunities to pull on the shirt than I would have imagined so early in my Wasps career but as a squad there are a lot of players who haven’t played as much as they would have liked to have done and these games give them a great chance to show why they should be playing more regularly.”
Talk ahead of these two weeks in the LV=Cup has been all about momentum. Last weekend’s win over London Irish at Adams Park extended the team’s record to eight wins in the last nine games and Bassett said that, ahead of their return to the Aviva Premiership in two weeks’ time, they are totally focussed on making it nine from ten.
“The crucial thing for us going into this LV=Cup period was to maintain the momentum we have behind us at the moment. We have had some great wins in the league and earning a home Quarter Final in Europe is brilliant but you don’t want to ease off. Although we didn’t necessarily have the opportunity to qualify for the knockout stages of this competition, we want to take the momentum into the League when we go back into it.”
“Even though we are a young squad we are a group who want to do as well as we can in all competitions. As a group of players we are all very ambitious, both personally and as a team, and when chances come we want to take them. These weeks give players a chance to come in, to put their hands up for selection and give the coaches some real headaches.”
“We know that Gloucester have lost a few players with England and the Saxons but we know who they have and who they are bringing in, who are quality players. We’re looking at the guys who put their hands up last weekend to do the same this week, with some other guys maybe coming into the squad. We are focussed on getting a victory to set ourselves up well heading back into the Premiership.”