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We won't underestimate rivals, maintains Peel

Dwayne Peel
Dwayne Peel
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Wasps' mindset will not change regardless if they are already out of quarter-final contention by the time tomorrow's game with Ulster kicks off, according to visiting assistant Dwayne Peel.

The Irish province head to the Ricoh Arena top of Pool One but, at present, Wasps could overhaul them should they take five match points and Ulster none.

The quarter-final prospects for Les Kiss' men are far brighter - they know a win would guarantee a place in the knock-out stages, with a try-bonus set to net a home last-eight clash.

Regardless of how today's games affect that picture, Peel expects both teams to be going hell for leather.

"It does not really alter the mindset," said Peel. "You look at the game last week, Quins v Wasps, that was the perfect example.

"There is obviously pride at stake, it is a big competition, you want to do yourselves justice and it is always nice to take someone's scalp.

"I am sure they will be thinking that way this weekend.

"They'll want to finish the competition on a high and also mathematically they still have a chance. As I said it is going to be a very difficult afternoon.

"But to qualify for the last eight would be fantastic. It would be a good achievement for us."

Ulster have made three changes to the starting side that overcame La Rochelle in Belfast last week.

With Craig Gilroy having broken his cheekbone, Louis Ludik switches to the wing and Darren Cave comes into the midfield.

Kieran Treadwell is promoted into the engine room, with Iain Henderson moving to blindside flanker and Mattie Rea unfortunate to be demoted to the bench.

With Callum Black suffering a late back injury in training, Kyle McCall makes just his second start since these sides met back in October, with Andrew Warwick providing cover.

While tight-head Wiehahn Herbst is fit enough for a place on the bench, Rodney Ah You keeps hold of the No.3 jersey.

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