WASPS are likely to be top seeds for the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup after winning in Bayonne last weekend to confirm their place in the last eight with a game to spare.
They have won all five of their pool matches and if they make it six out of six on Sunday – against a Viadana side they beat by a record margin in October – the black and golds can expect to enter the knockout stages as the top-ranked team left in the competition.
That will guarantee a home tie in the quarter-finals, scheduled for the first weekend of April.
Director of rugby Dai Young said: “The permutations are too vast to think about who we’re going to get.
“All we can do is get a home draw, which we’ve secured.
We want to finish the job in style at the weekend and get those five points and that may be enough to make us number one seed.
“If we’re not number one we’ll certainly be number two.
“Whether that gets us an easier draw remains to be seen. You’re in the lap of the gods a little bit and there aren’t going to be many bad teams in the last eight.”
This is the third year running Wasps have reached this stage of the competition.
Eventual winners Biarritz and Leinster knocked them out in 2012 and 2013 respectively, but the black and golds are a club on the bounce and Young, who won this competition with Cardiff in 2010, believes this season is Wasps’ best chance since he’s been in charge.
He said: “The top six [in the Aviva Premiership] is what we’re aiming for, but everybody likes to point to silverware and you certainly wouldn’t want to go year after year after year without winning anything.
“Look at Arsenal; it’s been a fantastic achievement getting to the Champions League every year but everybody still yaps about them not winning anything for eight years.
“You can do a great job, but when the fat lady sings it all boils down to what you’ve actually won.
“I’ve come here to win things. I don’t expect to win things tomorrow, but we’re going in the right direction and I’d like to look back at my time here thinking that we’ve won something.
“This is the most realistic chance we’ve got of getting silverware this season – on our own patch in the quarter-finals, it’s up to us.
“But let’s finish the job at the weekend first and then we can look forward to what will be a big night at Adams Park.”