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Saturday 23rd January 15:15 GMT

 

Wasps must overcome the heartbreak of their last gasp defeat last weekend in Toulon, against the three times European Rugby Champions Cup, and pick themselves up for their final Pool match in this season's tournament on Saturday, when Leinster travel to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. While nothing will compensate the Premiership side for that defeat at the Stade Mayol, they need victory on Saturday to either leapfrog back above Toulon, who travel to Bath in the final round, or to possibly secure a best runners-up spot.

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When London Wasps travelled to Dublin in Round 1, they trounced the Irish Province at the RDS, where they are pretty nigh on invincible, by an amazing 33-6. The beginning of an European nightmare this season, for a a side that has been crowned European Champions on three previous occasions.

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However, after four defeats, Leinster opened their account against Bath last weekend at the RDS, winning by 25-11, which not only ended a run of six successive Champions Cup defeats and restored some of their own pride, but effectively eliminated Bath from this season's tournament. Leinster are still at the foot of the Pool, despite beating bath, and will need to secure victory at the Ricoh, if they are to have any chance of avoiding finishing bottom of a qualifying Pool for the first time in 21 years.

Posted: 24th January 2015

 

No side has ever reached the quarter-final stage of the continent's top-tier competition having lost their opening two pool games. But London Wasps, and fellow English side Bath, can achieve the feat this weekend. If Wasps can beat three-time winners Leinster at the Ricoh Arena they will top Pool 2 and secure a spot in the last eight. England prop Mullan knows it will be no easy task, but is hopeful of completing a remarkable turnaround.

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He said: "I have to be honest I was not aware of the history of no side having qualified after losing their first two games. The first I knew of it was when someone mentioned it on Twitter. "We always felt we were still in with a shot despite losing those first two games. We managed to pick up losing bonus points and we felt it at least gave us a way back into the pool. "We did the job we had to do by picking up 10 points against Castres before Christmas and in going to Quins and winning last weekend. It is now up to us to finish the job."

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But Mullan is more than aware of the quality Leinster possess. He said: "They have had injuries this season but there is no doubting their pedigree in Europe. "They have quality players throughout their side and it was a really tough game when we played them out there right at the start of the pool stage. "But we are at home and we are looking forward to having a big crowd cheering us on. The fans have been superb since we made the move to Coventry and hopefully they will get behind us in numbers once again and make it an intimidating atmosphere. "A Leinster win would see the Irish province top the pool, while they could potentially go through as one of the best runners-up even if they lose.


Tags: European Rugby Champions Cup, Ricoh Arena, London Wasps, Leinster
Posted: 23rd January 2016


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