AN AGONISING defeat away at European giants Toulon will inspire Wasps to bounce back this weekend when they take on Leinster at the Ricoh Arena, according to forward Guy Thompson.
Last week’s man-of-the-match in France is still feeling the pain of a last-minute defeat as Wasps came close to beating Toulon for the second time this season.
Thompson scored what he thought was the game-winning try to seal what would have been a famous win for Wasps in the European Champions Cup.
But Drew Mitchell snatched victory away from Dai Young’s side in the final play of the game and although the defeat was difficult to take, Thompson is confident Wasps can complete the job against Leinster in a Pool 5 decider this Saturday.
He said: “There is a reason why Toulon have been champions the last three years running,” said 28-year-old Thompson.
“We knew that it was going to take a massive effort for us to get the win, but although we’re all gutted right now we know it’s not the end of the world.
“Toulon are a fantastic side, full of international experience and world class players and we knew for those last three minutes they were going to come at us.
We can’t dwell on it, it is a game that we might have won and perhaps we should’ve closed it out, but it’s Toulon and they are a great team and the crowd were fantastic. It’s a great place to play rugby and it was brilliant to have so many Wasps fans travelling over to support us as well.
“We’ve got Leinster next week and we’ve still got a great opportunity to go through. So we can’t dwell on this too much, we’ve got to dust ourselves off and get ready for next weekend and welcome Leinster to the Ricoh.”
Wasps are in strong position heading into Saturday’s clash, which kicks of at 3.15, with Young’s side knowing that a win will put them through to the next stage of the competition.
Thompson added: “Rugby’s a funny game, anything can happen, we can’t really think about what’s going to happen outside of our game.
“We need a big week training and to focus on Leinster, because we know what a strong team they are and the world class players they have as well.”