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Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday


By Klinks
September 23 2016

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps side to travel to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, to take on Northampton Saints.

After a six-year sabbatical, Danny Cipriani is set to make his 100th appearance for Wasps.

James Gaskell again skippers the side and there are returns to the starting line-up for Matt Mullan, Sam Jones, Nathan Hughes and Josh Bassett.

Frank Halai misses out through a hamstring niggle, but there are returns from injury for Dan Robson and Marty Moore, who are primed to make an impact from the bench. Also among the match day 23, ready to make his Aviva Premiership debut, is Nick De Luca who featured prominently for Wasps during the Singha 7s and pre-season.

Ahead of the trip to Midlands neighbours Northampton, Young knows Wasps will need to up their game again at Franklin’s Gardens, against a Saints side who have also made a strong start to the season.

“It’s been a good start to the Aviva Premiership for us,” he said, “but it’s important for us to keep our feet on the ground as well. We haven’t had an 80-minute performance yet this season that we’ve been totally satisfied with. We’re pleased with a lot of facets of our game, but there are still areas we need to improve.

“We’re going into a different challenge again this weekend and we know we need to step up our level of performance again, to put ourselves in a position to get a result against a quality Saints side at Franklin’s Gardens.

“Northampton have certainly recruited well and they will be as physical as ever. They always have a very good scrum and their driving lineout is right up there again. They will always look to take you on at the set-piece and with the physical ball carriers they have, the battle of the gain line with or without the ball, will be huge. We will need to meet that physicality head on.”

Wasps team to play Northampton Saints

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade                                                                                    
13. Elliot Daly
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Josh Bassett
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Matt Symons
5. James Gaskell ©
6. Sam Jones
7. Guy Thompson
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements

16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Marty Moore
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Thomas Young
21. Dan Robson
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Nick De Luca

Unavailable for selection through injury: 

Forwards – James Haskell, Joe Launchbury,

Backs –Kurtley Beale, Alapati Leiua, Brendan Macken, Frank Halai

Willie Le Roux – to arrive February from Cannon Eagles, Japan.

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Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
DrunkenWasps.com (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:18
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Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Geoff P (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:34
Took him a lot longer to get there than we once anticipated, but congratulations to Cips for his 100th cap!

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Nomad_Wasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:35
Couple of surprise calls in there. Think I would have picked a back 3 specialist on the bench instead of two centres. Young Young on the bench is also a little unexpected.

Would have kept Mac in the side too. Think we might miss Frank's close carrying work.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Saint.Kenneth (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:48
Both Cips and Ken Pisi make their 100th appearance for their clubs this weekend.

Looking forward to seeing your side play, I fear it may be a long afternoon for the Saints. Our only chance is to bring the physicality of last weekend to this game, but even that guarantees us nothing.

My eldest plays for Sandbach so delighted to see James with your captain's armband.

Safe travels to those making the trip, especially those making their first trip FG.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Raggs (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:52
Miller, Daly and Simpson (and Robson), can all play on the wing. Gops, Cips and Daly can cover fullback, 23 shirt had to go to someone who could cover 13.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Boooo (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:53
Gutted Halai isn't playing.
He looked really good last week and has that extra experience and bulk over Bassett in facing a very powerful Saints side.

Let's hope Josh has a good game.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
CB Wasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 11:57
I like the back row but shame that there is no place for Rieder, think his combative ways and carrying would have been good in this game. Also notice that Dickson is out for Saints so extra opportunity to put pressure on their 9. Ref also very happy with Dickson absence since he can now take the cotton wool out of his ears.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Raggs (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:05
If we're within 10 in the last 20 I'm not going to feel that we've certainly lost. That bench is easily capable of creating points.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Nomad_Wasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:06
Agreed on Reider.

To be fair, Josh had a great game last time out at the Gardens!

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Raggs
Miller, Daly and Simpson (and Robson), can all play on the wing. Gops, Cips and Daly can cover fullback, 23 shirt had to go to someone who could cover 13.

That all requires a substantial reshuffle if a winger goes down - and means we have to lose one of Cips or Gopps to 15. De Luca plays 12 or 13, so could have worn the 22 shirt and someone like Howe could have taken the 23. Or even potentially Armitage, Eastgate or O'Connor

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Halld1 (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:19
Looking for back 3 to target Groom...he could be a quivering wreck by half time

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
backdoc (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:34
He has played 60 times for Western Stormers in the super 15. I doubt if he will have any trouble.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Chilham (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:46
Good line up. Massively disappointed for Reider. Hoping that Josh can sort out his defence - dreadful kick against Chiefs, missed tackle and then caught ball-watching so out of position against Tigers, each mistake leading to tries - and pleased that de Luca's in for a chance off the bench but for me, the biggest showdown of the day will be Nathan against Picamoles. We're in for a treat!

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Westy68 (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 12:54
I think it's pretty much as good as it can get with the injuries.

Missing frank and joe is disappointing, especially Frank who offers a lot more to the team than Josh. Who is a fine player but not there yet for me.

Joe and dan is a tough call, like both players a lot.

Saints can't play any other way then physical, so if we can match them in that area, I'm confident of a hard fought win.

Shame Dickson isn't playing, would love Nathan to smash him up. Loved that billy threw him around like a rag doll last week. Then hearing over the ref's mic "that sums you up". Obviously disliked by players as well as supporters.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Hucks (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 13:44
Think you're being ambitious with Howe, and especially armitage or eastgate / oconnor over de Luca.

I get the positional thjng and if Leiua was fit or losi sti with us that would be a sensible choice. But picking a guy who has never played a first team game for wasps (or with Howe a guy who has probably played less than 10 prem games in his career) over a guy with 60 Scotland caps? No brainier for me. If a wing gets injured, eastmond slots straight in. Played wing plenty for bath. No reshuffle needed. If Miller gets injured them gopps to 15 and eastmond to his natural 12 position. Saints back line doesn't exactly scream lightning pace that de Luca couldn't deal with.

I imagine young young is just being eased back in? Big chance for Nathan To establish himself again.


Groom has looked far the better 9 than Dickson and saints fans seem to be in favour of him starting so not sure I'd see him as a weak link. Weak link is probably their bench where their halfbacks looks pretty callow.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Spikey910 (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 13:54
on various points, what Hucks said!

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Halld1 (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 15:24
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backdoc
He has played 60 times for Western Stormers in the super 15. I doubt if he will have any trouble.

...not doubting his pedigree but my thinking is the best way to disrupt, maybe even turnover is to get at an 8-9-10 combo that hasn't been together long...quality is there but I reckon its worth testing whether or not the mechanics are

just a thought

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Nomad_Wasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 15:36
I don't think you understand - I'd pick de Luca and wing cover instead of Eastmond.

That's the problem with 12s. If they're not that versatile, unless they start they shouldn't really be in the 23.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
StevieWasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 16:22
It's generally the same with specialist wingers though
If they're not versatile, then they rarely get a bench spot.

Wasps are currently using an unusual strategy.
Generally, most teams start with one 10, and have the other on the bench, which leaves only 1 bench spot that needs to be taken by a utility player.

With the 2 starting 10's (for better or for worse), we have 2 spots on the bench. If one is a versatile type player (i.e. de Luca), then the other can be a specialist (i.e. Eastmond), especially if that specialist can cover wing.


It may require some juggling of positions mid-game, however, that's not particularly uncommon, and is the kind of thing that I really think that Wasps can deal with.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
suffolkwasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 17:07
When is Leuia going to be finally fit?

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
StevieWasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 17:08
hahahahahaha

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Nomad_Wasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 17:48
Agreed Steve - but I don't see why you'd pick a specialist for a position that you're versatile/utility player covers already. That's why in this case I'd pick a wing. Just my preference

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Heathen (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 17:49
Next month, allegedly.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Chris0308 (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 19:35
If you google Kyle Eastmond it says he is a Centre/Full Back and it has been said on this forum he has also played for Bath on the Wing. For De Luca it says he preferred position is Centre but he can play Full Back and Wing. I might be wrong but has De Luca not played 12 and 13. If we win (could be difficult!) then Dai has picked a good 23!

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
DGPWasp (IP Logged)
23/09/2016 19:56
Quote:
Nomad_Wasp
That's the problem with 12s. If they're not that versatile, unless they start they shouldn't really be in the 23.

But if we started 10 Cips, 12 Eastmond and 22 Gopps that would be completely conventional and amounts to the same thing in terms of options in the event of injury.

No issue for me. De Luca covers wing and full back. Between them they offer plenty of cover across the outside backs.

 
Re: Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday
Hucks (IP Logged)
24/09/2016 10:06
Eastmond played wing well plenty for bath.

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