Wasps will hope to maintain their flying start to the Aviva Premiership campaign when they tackle Worcester at Sixways on Sunday.
But Wasps rugby director Dai Young is on alert for the task ahead after both sides recorded contrasting results on the Premiership’s opening weekend.
It underlines Wasps’ status as firm favourites, which is further strengthened by the fact they have reeled off six successive Premiership wins against Worcester.
“Listening to [Worcester rugby director] Gary Gold’s interviews after their game last weekend, they were clearly disappointed with the result, so we know they are going to come out looking to put the record straight this Sunday,” Young said.
“It’s not always ideal to play a team who had a disappointment the week before, especially playing them at their place.
“That is probably when they are at their most dangerous, so we know it’s going to be tough for us.
“We were pleased with our first 25 minutes last Saturday. We stuck to our policies and structure, and came away with a lot of good scores.
“That has got to be our blueprint this weekend. We have to keep hold of the ball, and we know we will score tries.
“If we can play for 60 or 70 minutes like we did for the first 25 minutes last weekend, it will take a very good side to beat us.”
Worcester were poor in the opening round as they lost heavily to Newcastle. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Wasps are without injured wing Christian Wade, who scored a Premiership record-equalling six tries when they beat Worcester in April 2016, so there is a start for Marcus Watson.
Guy Thompson, meanwhile, features at openside flanker, with Alex Rieder moving to blindside and Ashley Johnson reverting to hooking duties, packing down alongside Simon McIntyre and Jake Cooper-Woolley.
Worcester show two changes from the trip to Kingston Park, with Perry Humphreys replacing wing Dean Hammond and lock Pierce Phillips making a full debut instead of ankle injury victim Will Spencer.
British & Irish Lions centre Ben Te’o also starts, being partnered in midfield by Jackson Willison, with Tom Heathcote and Jonny Arr forging Warriors’ half-back combination.
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