Wade can't wait for extra special derby

As Wasps prepare to face Leicester Tigers on Sunday, Christian Wade believes Wasps' first game of 2017 is particularly significant for both sides. 

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Wasps against Leicester is historically a big game, but this Sunday's clash is especially important because of the circumstances according to Wade. 

“It’s getting tight at the top with the last few rounds of results,' he said. 'Leicester were unlucky to lose against Saracens on the weekend, but I know they will be looking to bounce back against us on Sunday. It was a tight game in the first half and it opened up a little bit in the second. They showed they are still a force to be reckoned with.

"We just need to play our game and focus on ourselves, because I’m sure their current situation will galvanise them. On top of that, the two teams have had a massive rivalry for years and obviously we are now neighbours so the rivalry has got even bigger."   

Wasps' leading try scorer this season is looking forward to being back playing in front of the home crowd on Sunday, as he believes they have provided a huge boost in recent games.

“It is always great to play in front of big crowds at the Ricoh. When you are growing up, that is part of the dream of playing professional sport, to have loads of people come and watch and support you. We've been trying to make the Ricoh into a bit of a fortress  over the last couple of years. The more people we can get to come down to support us the better, as it really helps us to perform. In return, hopefully we can give the crowd what they want.”

The 25-year-old is in good try-scoring form, having scored four tries in his last two games. Wade is now just seven behind Kenny Logan as Wasps’ all-time highest try scorer, but insists it is the team’s form that is to thank for his recent dot downs.  

“It’s nice to be getting on the board at the minute. We are starting to click as a team, anticipating each other’s play a bit better and starting to get into our groove.The important thing is to keep working at it, to make sure we can get where we want to come the end of the season.”

Wasps kept their recent momentum going with a narrow 30-34 win against Newcastle on Friday.

“It was a tight game on Friday. We started off with a couple of errors that they capitalised on. We kept to the plan and managed to get ourselves back in the game and came away with the win. It came right down to the wire, but we stayed in it and it was a very close game that we managed to grind out.”  

Wasps are currently in the middle of a key block of fixtures, with two important European games to follow Sunday's huge Premiership game against Tigers.

“They are two big games, obviously after the loss against Connacht these games have become even more significant. With Toulouse at home first up, it is vital that we perform to the best of our abilities in that game. But to be honest, as much as it's good for fans to be able to plan ahead, as players we just have to focus on the next match and this is a massive game against Leicester, which is our sole focus at the minute.

“On the Premiership front, it’s that time of year when you can start to separate yourselves from the pack and cement your position in the table, or you can start to slip down it. This period decides whether you’re going to be in the top half or the bottom half. We’re in a good place now being top, so we need to try to keep on winning and collecting those points to put ourselves in the best possible position come the end of the season.” 

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