Wasps pack out to sting Saracens in derby

LONDON Wasps are on a high following four straight wins, but hooker Tom Lindsay has bad news for Saracens ahead of Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash – insisting the forwards are still not satisfied.

Last season’s woes – where Wasps survived the drop on the last day of the season – seem a thing of the past now with Dai Young’s men sitting seventh in the table. And confidence couldn’t be higher ahead of the derby trip to Vicarage Road following four consecutive victories – two apiece in the league in Europe.

With flying wings Tom Varndell and Christian Wade occupying the top two spots in the Aviva Premiership try-scoring charts, Lindsay insists the forwards feel the need to follow suit, meaning Sarries are in for a fight this weekend.

“We haven’t won four on the bounce for about two years and to get bonus points from the last three of those puts us in a decent place in both the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Premiership,” said the 24-year-old. “We have to make sure though we are in the present, and this weekend is going to be very tough playing the team second in the table.

“While we are taking a lot of confidence off the back of our last few fixtures, we know there are loads of areas we need to improve on.

“On a personal note the pack have a lot to prove after last weekend because we just didn’t get to where we wanted to be.

“We are hurting a little bit at the moment as a group of forwards but I think we are all looking forward to proving a point this weekend.”

However confidence won’t exactly be lacking with Saracens themselves having won five straight, following up two Heineken Cup victories by toppling the previously top of the table Northampton Saints 16-3 in their own back yard.

And although the Sarries squad has been decimated by international call-ups, back Chris Wyles believes they have more than enough firepower in reserve.

“Obviously there is a certain element of disruption with international call ups but I’ve been saying since the start of the season that we have a great squad at Saracens,” he said.

“Squads win Premierships and Heineken Cups and we have what it takes in that department.”

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