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Wasps have real sting in their tail

European watch

Declan Rooney

Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30

Marty Moore and his Wasps team-mates are in ominous form ahead of their Champions Cup campaign. Picture: Getty Images
Marty Moore and his Wasps team-mates are in ominous form ahead of their Champions Cup campaign. Picture: Getty Images

English Premiership outfit Wasps look to be in ominous form ahead of their Champions Cup campaign, and Pat Lam was surely interested to hear of their ten-try, 70-22 win over Bristol last weekend.

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Wasps are now joint top of the Premiership with Saracens and Bath following their third win from three which has seen them accumulate 14 points form a possible 15.

Next up Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens will be a real test of their talents, although Saints have not had the best of starts to their campaign.

In the Top 14, Connacht's first Champions Cup opponent, Toulouse, have not managed to recover their early-season form and slumped to a third league defeat in a row, this time by 25-20 away to Lyon.

Toulouse never recovered from the concession of an early try to Napoloni Nalaga, and they will be hoping to climb up the table from their lowly 11th position when they host Stade Francais tomorrow.

Connacht's journey to Parma to face Zebre last weekend was supposed to be a 'dry run' for Lam's squad ahead of their European trip there in round two, but considering they trailed at the interval when time was called on the fixture, it's not the worst result in the world for Connacht.

This weekend the Italians will face a real stiff test when they host the unbeaten Cardiff Blues tomorrow, a team that has won three out of three games to start the season.

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