TABLE-TOPPING Wasps go into this weekend’s Vitality Superleague semi-final clash with Team Bath looking to take one step closer to retaining the Superleague trophy.
Tamsin Greenway’s side have won 16 out of their 18 league games so far this season, and go into Saturday’s clash at the University of Worcester Arena (5.45pm centre-pass) off the back of four consecutive victories, while Team Bath have lost their last three games against the top three sides.
“I don’t think we could be going into the semi-finals in any better way,” said Wasps’ director Tamsin Greenway.
“There is the theory that if we finish top then we get an easier semi-final but I don’t think any of the teams in this year’s top four will look at each other and think ‘we want you’.
“We’ll take nothing for granted in this game, Bath are a quality side who are pretty much always in the top four.
“It only takes one game to turn it on its head so we have to be prepared and concentrate on our own game.”
The team will be preparing for the game over the next few days, with the winner set to face either Manchester Thunder or Loughborough Lightning at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday, July 7.
“Experience speaks for a lot when it comes to finals and the reality is that every team is broken down in different ways,” added Greenway.
“We will look at the video from Team Bath’s last outing, and depending on what we find, I will pick the team accordingly.
Wasps finished the regular season three points clear of second place Manchester Thunder – an extra two wins than last season’s title-winning campaign – but Greenway is urging her players to focus on the task in hand.
“This is a complete clean slate now and the league doesn’t count for anything,” she said.
“The first job was to get into the top four but that’s gone now.
“I’ve been in competitions where I’ve won the league and not won the cup, and I’ve been in a situation where I’ve finished fourth in the league and won the cup so I know what the season is all about and now it is game on.
“We want as many Wasps supporters there as possible, they can really make a difference on the night, so we were adamant that we wanted to keep the game in the West Midlands to make it feel like a home game.
“We’ll be giving it everything on the night.”