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James Haskell wants to see improvement in Wasps form

James Haskell insists Wasps are determined to emerge from the recent slump that has resulted in their slide down the Aviva Premiership.

Victories over Leinster and Toulon have placed the Coventry-based club at the summit of their pool in Europe, but domestically they have slipped to ninth on the back of three successive defeats.

Adding to their woes are three consecutive losses at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Sunday's visit of Worcester and while Haskell is refusing to panic, the England flanker is demanding an improvement.

"We haven't lost an aura at home, but it's gone from being a fortress to losing a couple of times there. We need to get the show back on the road," the Wasps captain said.

"We've lacked consistency in the Premiership, though at times the games have been pretty close.

"We just haven't closed things out and at times we've been our own worst enemy. Against Sale last weekend we weren't pro-active enough.

"It's disappointing, but the good thing is that we're not even halfway through the season and there's a lot of rugby to be played. We will adjust and get better.

"We have good players but we know that at the moment we're playing like a ninth-place team and we have to improve.

"Worcester will see what's happened to us over the last couple of week and will want to bring intensity to the Ricoh."

In Sunday's second fixture, Newcastle visit London Irish in a relegation battle between the two favourites for the drop.


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