"Our recent good form means nothing when it comes to match day" - Marcus Watson
Date: 4 Jan 2018
Marcus Watson marked his return to black-and-gold with two tries during the thrilling bonus point win at Bath last Friday.
But with Sunday’s visit of double European champions Saracens now in full view, and the crucial European Cup clashes with Harlequins and Ulster on the horizon, the flying winger says Dai Young’s squad must keep their campaign rolling onwards.
“There’s no doubt about it, the next four weeks are huge for us and our season,” he says. “Luckily for us we're coming into these games in good form, but that means nothing when it comes to match day.
“Saracens is a massive game, and we're heading into it with good momentum. We've showed in phases recently where we've kept the ball, we can be pretty dangerous. Our kick chase has also been better in the last couple of weeks, and I think those two are pretty important factors.
With last season’s top three currently occupying the same positions in the Aviva Premiership table – albeit in a different order – there has been plenty of media speculation since the turn of the year regarding likely play-off qualifiers.
However, the Olympic Games sevens medallist says the view of life from within the camp is much simpler and shorter-term.
“I know it's a cliche, but our focus is just on winning games,” he says.
“There's not been much talk about catching Exeter. They are ten points clear and in control of the table at the moment, but we can only control our performances. If we win games, their lead is not going to extend, so our focus is on winning games.”
Watson left Newcastle for Wasps in the summer, since when injuries and the outstanding form of his back three colleagues has restricted his involvement in both the top flight and Europe.
On a personal level, he is therefore hoping that his impressive return to the 23 at the Rec marks the start of a productive spell.
“It’s been a very frustrating season for me, being in and out with injuries, so hopefully I can get a run of games and some form back,” he says.
“With Bass being out, a run of games is important for me to build some momentum. Since I got injured at the start of the season, Bass and the other boys have played very well, so my opportunity is there now, and I need to take it with both hands.”
Tickets for Wasps v Saracens (3pm Sunday) are available online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets from the Ricoh Arena ticket office or by phone on 02476 786411.
Tickets are also on sale for the potentially crucial European Champions Cup qualifier against Ulster on Sunday January 21 (Kick off 3.15pm) plus the Anglo-Welsh Cup visit of Leicester at 1pm on Sunday February 4.