Wasps tighthead prop Marty Moore knows his side face an “extremely physical” test when they take on Connacht at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.
Connacht currently sit atop Pool 2 in the Champions Cup after winning their opening two games, with Wasps two points behind them in second.
And ahead of their back-to-back fixtures with the province, Ireland international Moore has warned his team-mates to expect a tough contest.
“I’ve played a lot of times against Connacht and I don’t think I’ve played in a game that hasn’t been extremely physical or that has ended with a wider margin of around three to five points either way,” he told EPC Rugby.
“They are always tight games, regardless of who comes out on top they’re in the game for 80 minutes. It’s a physical encounter and that’s the basis for everything, you have to win that battle.”
He added: “It’s always an interesting one. Week one you are going into the unknown a little bit but week two you know what’s coming down the tracks and it comes down purely to who wants it more. You’re not going to catch anyone on the hop, you know what to expect and it puts a lot more emphasis on details.
“It’s always nice I think to start these double headers at home. It’s obviously psychological, but it’s always nice not to be on the road for the first game of a double header. The Ricoh Arena has been very good to us so far this season and we’re all looking forward to Sunday and starting the back-to-back games on the right foot.”