Miller: Kingsholm is a difficult place to get a win

Rob Miller and Wasps are taking nothing for granted this Saturday when they make the tricky trip to Kingsholm.

Gloucester have only lost twice at home this season and Miller knows Wasps will have to be at their best if they are to continue their fine run of form.

“Our momentum has been good for the last couple of weeks now,’ he said. ‘The boys have been performing well and even when we haven’t quite played as we would have wanted, we are still getting the wins, which is key at this time of the season. Our feet are firmly on the ground and we are just looking at it on a week-by-week basis at the moment.

“If you look at the league table, despite a few wins on the bounce, no one has pulled away from anyone. One or two losses and you are back down to sixth, seventh or eighth.”

Miller has kept a close eye on Gloucester this season and is well aware that it will be tough to replicate the achievements of Saracens and Leicester Tigers in getting a win at Kingsholm. Particularly now the Cherry and Whites have won three out of their last four games.

“Gloucester themselves are on a good run of form and Kingsholm is a difficult place to go and get a win at any time, so we know it is going to be a really tough game.

“They have threats all over the field and they have a big physical pack. It is all the more difficult when you play them at Kingsholm because it’s quite a hostile ground. They have X factor players out wide with a lot of pace, who are big running threats for them. We know we will have to be really switched on with our defence this week.”

Miller has been enjoying a fine run of form himself recently, with a man of the match performance against Northampton towards the end of January, while again being to the fore during last week’s win against Harlequins.

“Charles (Piutau) and I have shared the workload between us at fullback this season and obviously with Elliot (Daly) away with England it gave Charles the chance to play in that 13 slot. It went really well last week and the strength in depth we now have allows boys to play all over the field and in turn we can give players the recovery time they need. That is important for the squad and will hopefully help us come the tail end of the season.

“The boys in the backline are starting to put some nice things together and it has been going well for us. Frank (Halai) and (Christian) Wade are pure athletes and they bring great pace and physicality to the team. It is nice when you can give those boys the ball in space and then it's a matter of trying to pick up any scraps off them.”

Although the 26 year-old believes the set piece and Wasps' forward pack are the key to earning a victory last Saturday.

“We always start with our set piece and it is key that we get good set piece ball against them. Then we can look to play in the right areas, utilising our attacking game. We understand Gloucester are a really big threat, especially at home, so we’ve got to go there full of confidence and then hopefully we’ll put ourselves in a position to come away with the result.”

Following the trip to Kingsholm, Wasps will return home to the Ricoh Arena. Tickets for Wasps' next home game against Leicester Tigers on March 12th are on sale here.