Young urges Wasps to pull together
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has warned his side they are not too good to go down after suffering their worst run of Aviva Premiership form in a decade.
Last weekend's miserable 6-0 defeat against Worcester was a fifth loss in a row for Wasps - their worst sequence of results since the 2001-02 season - and saw them drop to 11th in the table, although they are 10-points clear of bottom side Newcastle.
"We are in a dogfight for sure but there is a long way to go in the season," Young said. "I don't buy the argument that any one team is too good to go down - good teams go down and we're not naive enough to think that that couldn't be us."
Things could get worse before they get better for Young and company. Their final fixture before the upcoming four-week break from league action is a formidable one as they face in-form Leicester at their Welford Road fortress.
But while Young believes his squad have what it takes to turn things around, starting against a Tigers side who have won four on the bounce, he has told them they will need to battle to make sure of their top-flight status.
Young added: "It's a tough time but we are all in it together and there is a lot of work to do both on and off the pitch and there is a long way to go. We've got some really talented guys to come back in over the coming weeks and that will be a great boost."
Newcastle could reduce the gap to Wasps with victory at home to Exeter. Defeat against Northampton last time out ended a run of six games without defeat at Kingston Park, but coach Alan Tait believes there are plenty of positives to take forward as his side look to beat the drop.
"The players gave their all against Northampton and I was pleased with the effort, but there are areas that we can work on and really turn the screw on our opponents," he said.
Saturday's remaining fixture sees Worcester and Gloucester go head-to-head in a sold-out west country derby at Sixways.
Sunday's action sees Saracens and Bath meet at Vicarage Road in what will be the 2,000th Premiership fixture, while London Irish - with Steven Shingler on the bench following the row over his international eligibility - face Sale at the Madejski Stadium.