Wasps flying high ahead of Leinster match

They are top of the English Premiership

Wasps flying high ahead of Leinster match

Wasps' Elliot Daly. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Wasps head into Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster in fine form after a 40-33 bonus point win over Worcester at the weekend.

The Coventry based side are top of the Aviva Premiership, five points ahead of the Exeter Chiefs. They are the top scoring team in the league by some way with 574 points and have acquired ten try-bonus points in their 18 games so far this season.

Wasps topped their Champions Cup pool, which included a loss to Connacht in Galway which was aided in no small part by John Muldoon's ability to convince the referee of a rule change which hadn't come into effect yet.

They are dangerous throughout the team led by England internationals Joe Launchbury and James Haskell in the pack with Kurtley Beale, Willie Le roux and Elliot Daly out wide.

Wasps' Dan Robson scores the winning try at the end of the game . Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Returning former Leinster players Jimmy Gopperth and Marty Moore are sure to want to prove a point as well as all the English internationals who saw their expected Grand Slam parade reduced to a quieter title winning party at the end of the Six Nations. 

They have won their last three games in a row by an aggregate score of 99-58 and have secured their place in the end of season play-offs already. 

The English side aren't invincible though and were lucky to beat Toulouse in their final pool match at home. They also endured a rough period in January where they went four games without a win and have also conceded the most points (404) of the top five teams in the Premiership.

Speaking after the win, Wasps' Head coach Dai Young said: "We’re going to have to match them physically and roll our sleeves up, because that’s what they’ll do. If we do that we can come away with a win, but we’re going to have to be better than today."

Speaking to Off the Ball's Ger Gilroy at the weekend, Leinster Head Coach Leo Cullen spoke of the difficult day he had when they played Wasps last year saying: "The first European experience I had in that role [coach] was against Wasps here in the RDS and it was a pretty tough day for us. A day that will live long in the memory. It was a tough way to start off.

"There were many challenges last year obviously with a lot of players at the World Cup and not having a pre-season with the group etc etc but we've well and truly moved on from that now."

Leinster welcome Wasps to the Aviva Stadium this Saturday at 3.15pm.