Wasps must learn from England’s mistakes to avoid same fate in Dublin, warns Elliot Daly
“There’s a lot of Ireland players in this Leinster team and the way they play is very similar. We’ve got to make sure we know what we're up against"
Elliot Daly says Wasps must learn from England’s mistakes if they are to avoid the same fate in Dublin today.
Daly and club mates James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and Nathan Hughes are back at the scene of England’s Grand Slam horror show.
Just two weeks after being well beaten by Ireland, the Red Rose quartet face many of the same opponents, on the same pitch, playing for Leinster.
Daly warned: “We’ve got to look at them and make sure we know what we're up against.
“There’s a lot of Ireland players in this Leinster team and the way they play is very similar.
“They're going to bring the same sort of attitude and probably the same game plan - given they’ve got the same 10, 12 and 13 in the back line and Sean O’Brien in the pack.”
A fortnight ago England did not get their measure. Needing victory to claim the world record outright for longest Test winning streak, they crashed and burned.
“We’ve got to play the conditions a little better,” acknowledged Daly, who tasted defeat for the first time in a senior England jersey.
“It was wet when we played and we didn’t adapt in the first half to the conditions in the way that we were attacking.
“Ireland had a lot of ball and got on the front foot. I didn’t feel we were going to concede a lot of points, but I felt we didn’t have the ball in the right areas in the first half to put pressure on them.”
Captain Launchbury promises Wasps will go out “all guns blazing” against opponents they thrashed home and away last season.
But he too is mindful of the fate which befell England on St Patrick’s weekend, when Eddie Jones’ boys were battered at the breakdown.
“It’s obviously fresh in my memory,” he said. “We (Wasps) need to technically be a bit better than we have been. The breakdown obviously has a mindset to it and there is an attitude to getting in there.”
Premiership leaders versus Pro12 front-runners is a mouthwatering prospect, particularly with each team being top try-scorers in their respective league.
Leinster boast six of Ireland’s starting XV including influential fly-half Johnny Sexton, who England targeted without success.
Up against him is Danny Cipriani, who must take this chance if his dream of touring with either England or the Lions this summer is to be realised.
Then there is O’Brien v Haskell, Garry Ringrose v Daly, Devin Toner v Launchbury. Not an afternoon, one suspects, for faint hearts.
LEINSTER: Carbery; Byrne, Ringrose, Henshaw, Nacewa (capt); Sexton, L McGrath; J McGrath, Strauss, Furlong, Toner, Triggs, Leavy, O’Brien, Conan.
WASPS: Beale; Wade, Daly, Gopperth, Le Roux; Cipriani, Robson; Mullan, Taylor, Cooper-Woolley, Launchbury (capt), Myall, Haskell, Young, Hughes.