Simpson guarding against Irish threat

03 March 2018 06:55:06 EST

Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson concedes that they are wary of an improving London Irish in preparation for Sunday's game.

Although the Exiles have struggled throughout the campaign and reside at the bottom of the Premiership table, they snapped their 14-match winless streak against Worcester Warriors last weekend.

Irish have also improved defensively and Simpson admits that the Midlanders have to maintain their intensity if they are to continue their fine form.

"It's a massive match for us, a match that we almost lost at their place last year and it's going to be tough to break them down," he said. "Defensively, they're actually extremely strong.

"It's tough coming up from the Championship, they really struggled to initially address the intensity, the speed and the physicality of the matches.

"Once you play yourself into it, they've got a squad and are well coached and well drilled. They've got the experience of Nick Kennedy and Brendan Venter as well.

"A massive emphasis has been placed on this block. The cyclical nature of rugby is that you can't do everything at high intensity so we've been preserving ourselves and trying to come into this block as fresh as we can."

Despite Irish's position, Simpson believes that it can actually bring the squad together having been in a relegation battle with Wasps a few years ago.

He added: "They're not completely dead and buried so there's still life in them yet, and they're going to be scrapping for their lives; that's a dangerous place to be for us.

"We know how much that can bring a team together from when we were down there."

Wasps are 4/5 with the -16.5 handicap, while the Exiles are available at 1/1 on the +16.5 handicap.

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