Lorenzo Cittadini was part of a Wasps side that went head-to-head with Bath last weekend, only to lose out with in the final moments of the match, and he knows there is no room for error this week.
Last weekend, Wasps lost out to Bath in heartbreaking fashion, as the visitors scored in the final play of the game, with George Ford slotting a touchline conversion to steal the game at the death.
In the unique circumstances that the European Champions Cup presents, the men in black and gold now have an immediate opportunity to balance the books as they travel to The Rec this weekend.
“Obviously we were disappointed by the score’ said Cittadini, ‘because we were at home and we lost in the last seconds of the game, but I think we know why we lost and we know that we still have a chance to go to Bath and fix that. We’re all looking forward to that opportunity. We know it will be tough because The Rec is a hard place to go, but we know that if we can correct our mistakes from last week, we’ll be in a good place.
“This second opportunity only happens in the European Cup, where you play the same team two weeks in a row. We know each other very well, they’re a Premiership team who we have played twice already this season, with one victory each. This will be the third time. We have to take into account the way they play, but we will focus on us and look to correct our mistakes from last week.”
There’s little doubt the players will be well aware of what happened in last season’s trip to Bath where Wasps were well-beaten 39-26 by a dominant Bath side. More recently, this season, Wasps have won one and lost one so far against the West Country side, who they will meet four times in total over the course of the campaign.
“Last season at The Rec we didn’t do too well. They like to play a bit more rugby at home, with tempo and a lot of phases. We have to believe in the way we play the game and go there with confidence. Our discipline has to be good because they are a side who will punish you if you give away penalties. We have to try to keep hold of the ball and play the way we want to. We saw last weekend that if you give them opportunities, they will take them. Two turnovers resulted in two tries for them. Combined with their good kicking display that is very dangerous, so we have to be good with our discipline.
“We know that up front will be a big battle in the game. Bath like to scrum and maul, so we know we need to be ready for that. We are confident in our own abilities there too and we have proven in the past that we can do well there. If we can win the battle up front, we know it would make everything else easier. We know each other well and a lot of focus will be on the backs knowing each other, but the fight between the two packs will be just as interesting because we both know how the other side wants to play.”