Wasps prepared for 'massive challenge'

Bucks Free Press: Dai Young led Cardiff to glory in this competition in 2010 Dai Young led Cardiff to glory in this competition in 2010

WASPS hope to catch Bath with their minds elsewhere when the two teams meet in the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup at Adams Park on Sunday.

Bath are the top seeds, but their success in the Aviva Premiership means subsequent league games against Northampton next Friday and then Harlequins are at least as important as their trip to Wycombe this weekend.

Dai Young said: “They’ve got a game on Friday night against Northampton. They’re going for the top four so it will be interesting to see how they handle both games. I think they’ll probably stack their bench and mix and match a little bit.”

But that doesn’t mean Wasps are expecting Bath to be anything less than they’ve been all season.

Young said: “This is a massive challenge for us. They’ve beaten us comfortably twice and been the better team on both occasions.

“I think we showed enough in the second game to give us some encouragement though, and if we can play to our potential there is no reason why we can’t get over the line.

“Our performances in the last month have been better. We’re on an upward curve and we’ve had one or two boys come back from injury as well so I think we’re a much stiffer opponent now.

“I was confident we’d beat Gloucester in the quarter-finals but Bath was always a case of, ‘we’re going to have to be good on the day’. But we’re playing on our own patch. We’re determined to get to the final and we’re confident we can do it.”

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