Bris­tol v Wasps

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

BRIS­TOL are run­ning out of time. The odds are stacked against them and they sim­ply have to win to­day to have any re­al­is­tic chance of avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

It’d be a pity to see them re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship af­ter need­ing so long to come back to the top league, but they sim­ply haven’t been good enough so far this sea­son.

Say­ing that, des­per­a­tion brought the best out of them in re­cent times with a good win against Bath and a nar­row de­feat in Ex­eter last week, where they picked up two bonus-points.

How­ever Wasps will not be trav­el­ling lightly as they look to se­cure top spot in the ta­ble and guar­an­tee a home semi-fi­nal and, maybe most im­por­tantly, also see them avoid both Saracens and Ex­eter, who are clear of fourth place.

With no dis­trac­tion of the Cham­pi­ons Cup any­more, the play­ers know this is it and, af­ter last sea­son’s near misses, will be hun­gry for another try-bonus to ce­ment their po­si­tion.

They are on a four league game win­ning run, since los­ing to Sale, and de­spite leak­ing a lot of points they have the weapons to outscore most teams.

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