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Wasps hope for sting in the tail

Wasps will attempt to salvage their Heineken Cup campaign on Sunday by completing one of the toughest tasks in European rugby - beating Toulouse.

But even if the Londoners topple their illustrious opponents at Adams Park, it probably will not be enough for them to progress from Pool Six. Their calamitous defeat against Glasgow last weekend left Wasps with a mountain to climb, and the consolation prize of a quarter-final spot in the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup is the likely "reward" if they win.

Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks said: "With a win, we should at least guarantee ourselves a place in the Challenge Cup play-offs. And if other results go our way, we could hopefully find ourselves still in the Heineken Cup, so there is still plenty to play for."

He added: "You cannot underestimate the disappointment and frustration of last weekend's trip to Glasgow.

"As a team we had prepared very well, but failed to put Glasgow to the sword. When we had opportunities, we turned the ball over far too much to convert into much-needed points.

"These are obviously not the circumstances that we wanted to be in for the Toulouse game.

"After the disappointments of last week's defeat against Glasgow, the challenge for the team is to brush ourselves off and prove that we are a quality side that plays with an immense amount of pride."

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