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Mid-table mediocrity awaits

Wasps will struggle as defence continues to leak points

Posted Oct 19, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Wasps, like Harlequins, are a funny side and it’s difficult to try and predict how they will fair this season in the Aviva Premiership. But unlike the Quins, the London Wasps don’t possess a particularly strong defence and this could be their downfall this season.
They are a team that scores points and they are certainly a team that entertains the crowds. So far this season they have drawn 29-29 with the Quins, lost 29-17 at Newcastle, beat Leicester 37-30, lost 22-20 at Gloucester and won 25-24 at Sale. All close, nail biting matches that have gone to the wire.
I can safely say I wouldn’t want to be a Wasps supporter this season. It must be the most nerve-wracking experience in sport!
They finished fifth last season but I can’t see them repeating that achievement this year purely because teams around them have improved and I believe their will be a lot of inconsistency throughout their campaign.
With Dave Walder, Mark Van Gibbergen and Tom Varndell all showing great form so far this season, it is easy to see why they are scoring points freely. But it is their apparent defensive frailties that will see them come unstuck against the better sides.
Many teams, in all sports, have gone into fixtures with the attitude that they will score one more than the opposition but this only works in the short term. And with the Northampton Saints, the team I believe will win the title, visiting Adams Park on Sunday, their next win may have to wait until trips to struggling Leeds Carnegie and Exeter. After this, however, they entertain table toppers London Irish before travelling to Bath.
I just can’t see Wasps beating the top teams and for this reason I am tipping them for an 8th place finish this season.

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