LONDON Wasps prop Ricky Reeves is no stranger to the heat of battle but admits temperatures were through the roof on his home debut – and he loved every minute of it.
Lance Corporal Reeves, who served in Afghanistan in a bomb disposal unit, made his bow off the bench in the 90-17 LV= Cup victory away to Viadana last month. Granted a sabbatical by the army to join the Aviva Premiership club, the loosehead, who arrived in the summer from Bedford Blues, was handed a first home start in last week’s narrow defeat to Saracens.
“It was a massive chance for me and I have been waiting patiently for my turn,” said the 31-year-old, who is in line to feature tomorrow at Newport Gwent Dragons.
“I haven’t had much game time but I loved every minute of it. When I was at the ground it hit me but after that it was so fast and I had to be so focused that there wasn’t a chance to look around and take it in.
“I’ve played in the Army-Navy game and in the first 20 minutes it’s full tilt. It started like that and continued for the whole game.”
Tonight LV= Cup holders Harlequins face Sale in a repeat of last season’s final, while on Sunday Saracens host Scarlets and London Irish welcome Northampton.
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