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Wasps centre settling into the big time
CHARLIE Hayter says Wasps need to clear their heads after recent away defeats and come back even stronger when they resume their Aviva Premiership season against Northampton in two weeks.
Losses to London Irish and Worcester have taken the shine off their winter form but Hayter believes a few good results in the next month would finish the season off nicely.
He said: “We’re frustrated. We didn’t take our opportunities and we weren’t clinical enough against Worcester. They took theirs and stuck in the game and in the end deserved their win.
“At 18-15 we had chances to kill the game off and we didn’t take them.
“So we’re really disappointed. We wanted to come here and win and then have the week off knowing that we’d deserved the win and fought hard for it.
“But it didn’t happen and now we’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got five massive games to come and we need to go into them with a positive attitude.
“We’ve got a big end to the season and we’ve got to keep focused on that.”
But if the next month is big for Hayter, the last month has possibly been even more significant.
He only joined Wasps from part-time Mosely in January and after starting against Leicester and Sale in the LV Cup, the Worcester match marked his Premiership debut.
He said: “I was told five minutes before the game that I was starting [Chris Bell was injured in the warm-up]. It was good in a way because I didn’t get the nerves, it was straight into the deep end.
“But I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve had of being out there and I just want to take every opportunity I get and use it as well as I can.
“I’ll take any game time I get this year and then push on next season and see how it goes from there.
“Going full time has been a big step up. Everything has to be 100 per cent on the mark. I’m still learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it and it’s been a really positive change.
“There are internationals and a lot of Premiership stars here and you’ve got quality inside and out. I’m learning from them every day at training and taking the little percentages out of that and as long as I can do that I’ll be happy."