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Redpath wary of Wasps' sting

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath has warned his players of the "dangerous animal" that awaits them at Adams Park on Sunday.

Gloucester blew their hopes of a top-four finish by suffering a home defeat against Exeter last weekend, with Heineken Cup qualification now Redpath's main objective. But although Gloucester's next two Aviva Premiership games are against the bottom two clubs - Wasps this weekend, then relegation favourites Newcastle - Redpath is wary.

"They (Wasps and Newcastle) are in the bottom two and fighting for their lives, and that always makes for a dangerous animal," he said.

"You can come a cropper if you don't respect that. They (Wasps) have had an horrendous injury list and they've lost several players to retirement, but that means they have a lot of motivation and a point to prove.

"They've got a good group of players and are desperate to do well.

"Whether they are big-name players or not is irrelevant. It goes back to people's character and desire on the day. When that is right, they are a handful for anyone.

"We have to get our mindset right. We have to carry ball, and we have to work hard to get anything out of the game. It's going to be tough because it is a big game for both clubs."

Gloucester crushed Wasps 39-10 at Kingsholm when the clubs last met three months ago, and it is a result the Londoners have not forgotten.

"Gloucester gave us a real hiding earlier in the season down at Kingsholm, and that still hurts," Wasps rugby director Dai Young said.

"They played excellent rugby that day, so we are well aware that on that kind of form they are a difficult side to beat, but we have regrouped well since the game last weekend (against Northampton)."


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