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Wasps run to be tested - Turner

Paul Turner believes attacking accuracy will be key when Wasps put their unbeaten Amlin Challenge Cup record on the line on Saturday.

Victory over Bayonne at Stade Jean Dauger would leave Wasps in pole position to reach the quarter-finals from Pool Three. Like the London club, though, Bayonne also won their opening two group games, setting up intriguing back-to-back fixtures during the next six days.

"They are a squad with some really special players who can take us on from anywhere," Wasps attack coach Turner said. "But it's my job to look at their defence and examine how I think we can break it down and score against them. I think key for us at the moment is improving how we play when we are deep in opposition territory."

He continued: "In the game (against Harlequins) last weekend, we had the upper hand in terms of territory and that should be helping us to win a game, but we made some poor decisions at times.

"That is what we have been working on - being smarter in those key areas. I think, to be fair, we are improving all the time and I still believe it is early days in terms of this side gelling together. We have scored some pretty good tries and we have some of the form backs in the Premiership, but we need to be more cohesive as a team when we have the ball.

"If we win on Saturday then it really opens up the group for us, so we know the stakes involved."

Exeter, currently third in the Aviva Premiership, host Newport Gwent Dragons on Sunday knowing that victory is essential to keep pace with a team currently topping Pool Four. The sides will meet again across the Severn Bridge next weekend, and Exeter's Wales international prop Craig Mitchell knows a tough double-header awaits.

"Rodney Parade is a tough place to go - I've played there many times," Mitchell said. "We have got a bit of momentum right now, but we've got to remember that things don't just come our way. We need to work hard to get everything we get."

Worcester, meanwhile, face a trip to Romania, where Bucharest await them in Pool One on Sunday.

After losing their opening game at home against Stade Francais, the Warriors got back on track by defeating Italian minnows Crociati, and home and away victories over Bucharest would keep them in knockout phase contention.


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