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Wasps win keeps them in touch
Final showdown with Toulouse on the cards for London side
Posted Dec 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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London Wasps are keeping the pressure on current European champions Toulouse in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup this year and will be hoping this continues with a convincing win over Newport-Gwent Dragons this Sunday.
The Wasps beat the Welsh side 16-23 last Sunday to stay two points behind the French side who narrowly beat them in the first game of the cup competition.
The Heineken Cup has been as happy hunting ground for Toulouse over the years and, with a certain degree of arrogance, they expect to turn up and beat anyone they play. But Wasps will certainly feel then have something to say about that when they next meet in the final Pool game at Adams Park in what could be a potential showdown for the top spot in the table.
Wasps will have to beat both the Dragons and Glasgow Warriors to ensure this is the case and to ensure they put themselves in a position to exact revenge of the French side.
Wasps are on a scintillating run of form in Europe at Adams Park that includes 13 successive home tournament wins and a 15-match unbeaten streak that stretches back to 2004 and all this indicates that Toulouse will have to be at their best if they are to get anything from their visit across the channel.
If Wasps are to put themselves in contention, they need to convert the chances they create – a fact they have been guilty of failing to exploit to date. If they can improve on that then there is a strong possibility that they may be able to claim the Pool’s coveted top spot.
On Sunday, the London side were forced to come from 16-13 down at the break in Wales and thanks to tries from acting captain Ben Jacobs, David Lemi and Tom Varndell plus two penalties and a conversion from Dave Walder, they were able to see themselves over the line.
It was a disappointing performance against the Dragons last time out and Wasps will need to improve considerably if they are to compete with the top European teams. They have the perfect chance to put that right this weekend when they host the Dragons, kick off at 1pm.