Jake looking for forwards effort at Bath

Jake Cooper-Woolley (right) said Wasps' forwards need to front up at Bath

Jake Cooper-Woolley (right) said Wasps' forwards need to front up at Bath

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

JAKE Cooper-Woolley said Wasps need a big effort from the forwards at Bath tomorrow after being steamrollered by the West Country side earlier in the season.

The prop said the men in black and gold were bullied into submission up front in a 28-5 home defeat in November.

Eliminating errors in key areas and stopping teams from taking advantage of mistakes by Wasps players has been the focus in training this week after successive narrow defeats in games they should have won.

Bath have won all 11 matches they've played at The Rec this season and Cooper-Woolley said: "We've grown quite a lot as a pack this year but Bath is going to be a big challenge and we will really need to be on our mettle to even get parity up front.

"At home we were steamrollered up front. They drove us all over the park and destroyed us at the line out. We need to right a few wrongs this week. It's important to get a performance and answer a few questions people have asked after last time at home.

"In our opponents' 22 it's important we keep the pressure on. A few times last week we didn't do that.

"We've knocked on five metres from the line, got turned over or not held on to the ball, letting teams off the hook."

Cooper-Woolley saw defeats to London Irish and Harlequins as a missed opportunity to gain ground on the sides fighting it out for a Heineken Cup slot and said: "Getting a win is massively important to get our season back on track.

"All the teams are really competitive. Between fourth and eighth everyone is one win from moving up or down four places. Losing games by one or two points is hugely frustrating and we need to cut out the errors.

"We know after a bad result we need to put our house in order. We need to be firing on all cylinders, keep hold of possession and put pressure on rather than let teams into games with our mistakes."
 

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