Wasps gear up for Saracens opener in the Aviva Premiership

Joe Simpson takes on the Saracens defence

Joe Simpson takes on the Saracens defence

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WASPS admit Saracens are a team they’d love to copy.

The two kick off their Aviva Premiership seasons against each other at Twickenham tomorrow and the black and golds are the clear underdogs.

Lining up against them is a team that won the regular season by nine points last year, topped the Premiership the season before as well and were just two points off it in each of the two years before that.

While they’ve sometimes struggled in the showpiece games, it’s their consistency that Wasps covet.

Director of rugby Dai Young said: “They've been unlucky on a couple of occasions after being the form team for most of the season and then other teams rising in the final games.

“But their consistency is there for everyone to see and that’s what we want to copy.”

They’re not there yet.

Wasps’ steady progress over the past few years hasn’t come without a few flat off days against lesser lights, but they have shown the temperament for the big occasion and meeting Saracens first up might give them a chance to catch their powerful rivals cold.

Young said: “You could really have egg on your face by making statements like that.

“We’ve seen Saracens over the last couple of seasons and they’re an excellent team and take some beating.

“They’ve expanded their game too. It was very much a kick and press game for a long period but they’re scoring a lot of tries now as well and we’d have to be at our best whether it’s the first game of the league or the last.

“But I’m looking forward to playing them."

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