Wade relishing big occasion

13 January 2018 22:22:38 GMTPlus11

Wasps wing Christian Wade says that their aim is to silence the Harlequins crowd early on as they look to enhance their Champions Cup qualification hopes.

The Midlanders will take on Quins having secured two victories out of four in Europe's top-tier competition, putting them five points behind leaders La Rochelle, 1212/1 to win the Champions Cup.

Although the London-based outfit are already out of the tournament, Wade believes that it is important they prevent the home supporters from getting into the contest.

"I enjoy playing against Quins, it's always a big occasion when you're playing down there," he said. "They've obviously got the crowd behind them and the place will be rocking.

"It's going to be a free-flowing game but, for us, we need to go down there and be 100 per cent focused on what we're doing.

"With the crowd that they've got behind them, if they start to feel that from their audience, that will really gee them up and make them want to play even better.

"We need to go down there with a clear focus and get the job done and silence the crowd as soon as possible."

Wade, who will make his 150th Wasps appearance, is also refusing to play down the magnitude of the contest with the Ricoh Arena-based side looking to fight on two fronts.

He added: "It is a massive couple of weeks. We started off a bit rough (in Europe), had a couple of losses, but we were able to bring it back in the first Quins game and the La Rochelle game.

"This week and next week is going to be massive for us, we need to get two wins and put ourselves in the best possible position to try and get out of the pool."

Wasps are 7/1 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season and 3/10 to beat Quins.

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