5th Jul, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Robson: Wasps can go all the way to Marseille

DAN ROBSON insists Wasps can go all the way in the European Challenge Cup ahead of their semi-final clash with Lyon this weekend.

Robson was an unused interchange when Gloucester lifted the trophy back in 2014/15 and helped Wasps past Edinburgh Rugby last weekend to reach the last four.

And Wasps know that a third successive away win in the competition would see them a reach their first European final in 15 years.

And scrum-half Robson believes Wasps must improve their performance levels to reach the showpiece in Marseille.

Robson said: “It’s not the competition we started in, you get what you’re given, we’re making the most of it and it’s nice to be in a semi-final.

“The result is the main thing in these knockout games, to go away from home and get the win was the most important thing.

“It’s nice to get the win and nice to see where we can go as a team and know that we’ve got a lot to improve, we’re going to have to be on it and improve on Saturday [against Lyon].

“We go again to France and hopefully to the final in Marseille as well.”

The 30-year-old feels the tournament represents a great chance of winning silverware despite the pedigree of teams left in the competition.

Robson added: “Whatever competition you’re in, in Europe, you can see the pedigree of the last four teams in it – Saracens and Toulon on the other side who are multiple winners.

“We know every game is massively competitive, especially when you get to knockout rugby, this is a chance of getting silverware which would be a great success for the season.

“We’ve done alright recently away home from, at the start of the season we were pretty poor away from the CBS but recently we’ve performed pretty well in these knockout games.

“The most pleasing thing was that we left a lot out there, we were nowhere near our best [against Edinburgh] and thankfully our pack especially got us out of a bit of a hole.”

And Robson firmly believes Wasps can lift the trophy at the end of May but admitted they will have to play close to their maximum to book their place in the final this weekend.

He said: “We’ve proven a lot this year, in these one-off games we can beat anyone, we’ve had some big games and when we’ve turned up, we’ve been pretty good.

“We know we’re going to have to be near our best on Saturday to go there and get a result, everyone is pretty excited and fully focused on going there and playing in a semi-final.

“Absolutely [we believe we can go all the way], everyone believes that and we’ve got to have that belief going into Staurday, it’s going to be hostile in Lyon, if we foucs on ourselves we’re going to cause them some trouble.”

Wasps travel to Lyon on Saturday, May 14 with kick-off at 1.30pm at Matmut Stadium de Gerland.

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