Wasps ready to turn on the style against Saracens - Mullan


Matt Mullan revealed that great entertainers Wasps are ready to turn on the style in Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final against Premiership rivals Saracens at the Madejski Stadium.

Dai Young's men have won plenty of admirers this season with their attractive brand of rugby, scoring more points than any other side in the Premiership as well as dishing out some brutal European hammerings.

Wasps were beaten by champions Toulon in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup last season and could only finish sixth in the top tier of English rugby.

But the Coventry-based club have been a different proposition this time around and sit second in the Premiership table having secured their place in the last four of Europe's premier club competition with a dramatic last-gasp win over Exeter Chiefs.

Wasps have performed with a swagger as they challenge for honours on two fronts and co-captain Mullan feels it has all fallen into place as they prepare to take on the Premiership leaders in Reading.

The England prop told Omnisport: "Ever since I have been at the club Dai has hammered into the players that this is the way he wants us to play and it suits the current squad.

"We have always had exciting backs, but throw in some of the signings we have made this year and that just added to the quality we already had. 

"In terms of the exciting style, it's also down to the hard work we have put in. The main focus since Christmas has always been on our own performance and what we can control.

"We have been able to deliver what the coaches expect of us at the weekend more often than not and I think that's going to be the main focus this weekend, not necessarily focus too much on Saracens but more on what the coaches want us to do."

Sarries were on the end of a 64-23 mauling when the two sides last met at Allianz Park just over two months ago, but Mullan thinks that will count for nothing this weekend.

He added: "I don't think you can read too much into our performance against them because they were depleted with internationals being away.

"It's on a neutral ground as well, so I think it's definitely going to be taken on its own standing and hopefully we can perform to the best of our ability."

Wasps come into the game on the back of six wins in a row, while Saracens have won their last four and are aiming to banish the memory of being knocked out by Clermont Auvergne at the semi-final stage last year.

The reward for the winners will be a place in the final against Racing 92 or Leicester Tigers - who meet at the City Ground in Nottingham on Sunday - at Grand Stade de Lyon next month.