Wasps versus Tigers brings out something special

I can promise everyone at Adams Park on Sunday that there will be 30 players out on the pitch desperate to get one over on each other.

The Leicester versus Wasps rivalry goes back to the days when the two sides seem to win every trophy going between them.

While we may not have enjoyed as much success in recent years, it is still a fixture that gets the blood pumping on both sides.

And I should know having come at the game from both changing rooms in my career.

Every season, the fixture seems to produce something special. They are usually close games with lots of tries too.

Last season, it was 35-29 with my wing partner Christian Wade having scored a hat-trick.

Him and I have both been in good form so far this season with 12 tries between us and it should be a cracking game.

Tom Varndale and Christian Wade have scored 12 tries so far this season.

Good teams tend to bring out the best in each other and that is certainly the case with Leicester and Wasps.

The supporters of both sides see it as one of the biggest games in the season and tend to get more vocal than they would for other fixtures.

For those of us who are lucky enough to be on the pitch, it is great to be a part of.

There is also something extra in this weekend’s game for us as we strive to maintain our unbeaten record at home all season.

That is something really important to the whole set-up here at Wasps.

We feel like we have let our supporters down in recent seasons. We have simply not been good enough and we are all working towards attracting the people that may have found something else to do, back to Adams Park.

Making our home venue a tough place to play at is an important part of that for the players and coaching staff and that is another reason why Sunday’s game is so big.

It will be big for Leicester too who will want to keep pressure on the top two with a win.

This week in training, it has already been obvious that it’s a big game.

At both clubs I have found that, whether you have been there for 6 months or 10 years, you quickly realise the importance of the Leicester v Wasps fixture.

That doesn’t necessarily mean we all smash each other to bits in training.

It just means there is a different feel about the place.

You know it’s coming and we cannot wait for kick-off.

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