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Wasps: We can be in Devon heaven
EXETER have done the league double over Wasps in each of the past two seasons and you have to go all the way back to December 2010 for the last black and golds win.
Tomorrow they will hope to rectify that at Sandy Park, but the Chiefs have built steadily year on year and are now a team to really reckon with.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: “They’re a very good team. They’ve been in Europe for the past two seasons and have more and more experience of playing at the top level.
“They are buying more household names than they used to as well and are a different kettle of fish than they were two years ago.
“Exeter really embarrassed us twice last year. They were far too good for us on both days.”
There was a time when a match against Exeter meant a ten-man game with pack on pack.
No more. Only Harlequins and Leicester scored more tries than them last year as they took their tally up from 39 to 51.
Young said: “If you look at the stats, they kick less than any other team in the league. Quins get a lot of plaudits the way they play, but Exeter are right up there with them and are more than comfortable to run it from anywhere.
“Last year they scored from the 11th phase against us and down there they scored on the ninth phase.
“They’re confident they can keep the ball and run you around a bit.”
Wasps have improved too though, and tomorrow Chris Bell and Ashley Johnson could both be added to the team that lost so narrowly at Twickenham.
Young said: “We’ve got to back up a good performance this weekend.
“We’re not underestimating them, but I’m really looking forward to it. I think we can go down there and do a job.
“We feel if we can get things right and improve on some of the things that didn’t go right at the weekend we’re more than a match for anybody.”
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