Wasps lock admits a repeat last season's collapse isn't acceptable

Kearnan Myall

Kearnan Myall

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KEARNAN Myall is adamant Wasps won’t suffer the same late season collapse they did last campaign after ending their Aviva Premiership losing streak against Worcester Warriors.

With time up at Sixways, it looked as though Wasps would hand Worcester their first Aviva Premiership win of the season as Myall and co trailed 11-7.

However, Jake Cooper-Woolley bulldozed over for a last-gasp try and former Warrior Andy Goode kicked the conversion to break Worcester hearts.

It wasn’t pretty but having headed to Worcester with five successive defeats in all competitions, few in a Wasps shirt cared.

And, while admitting the performance at Sixways could have been better, Myall believes the result bodes well with five rounds left to go.

“The biggest thing for us was that we needed to win having been on a bad run, and we managed that and that is all that matters,” said Myall, who arrived from Sale Sharks this season.

“Confidence was down having lost a few games on the bounce and if we didn’t get the win at Worcester then it would have made the run in that little bit harder.

“We knew it was going to be tough because Worcester were also desperate for the win, but we came out on top and that is crucial.

“To be honest it didn’t feel like we had won come the final whistle but we had and it has boosted us and has given us our confidence back for the final few games.

“I wasn’t here last season but I know the club went on a really bad run towards the end and Dai Young has told us that this year, with the players we have got, that is not acceptable.

“We have got that winning feeling back and although, we have some tough games left to go, we are now looking upwards again which is important.”

Of Wasps’ five games remaining, they don’t come much harder than this weekend’s clash with current Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens.

But with the game taking place at Adams Park – one of three still to go in front of their own fans – Myall is hoping home comforts can play their part.

“Yes we have some tough games still to come but we also have a lot of games at home and we are targeting wins in all of them,” he added.

“We have a proud home record and since I have arrived the fans have been fantastic and the whole club is great.

“You can feel the history and the pride everyone has and we have been good at home and hopefully that can continue until the end of the season.”

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