Wasps captain James Haskell admits his side’s Adams Park swansong could not have been more fitting after getting the better of Castres by 44-17 in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Dai Young’s men channelled the emotion of the afternoon into a rapid start, with scores from Jake Cooper-Woolley, Nathan Hughes, Tom Varndell and Ben Jacobs wrapping up a bonus point before half time.
Guy Thompson joined them across the whitewash in the second half while Varndell and Jacobs – with the last action of the game – completed their doubles.
The Wasps adventure will now continue at the Ricoh Arena with the return of Premiership Rugby next weekend and for Haskell, the club’s spirit will burn just as bright in Coventry.
“This club has had a great legacy in the European Cup and there have been so many good memories here,” said Haskell, whose side are one point behind Pool Two leaders Harlequins and Leinster.
“To finish against a European team, one of our old rivals in Cas, is great. For a lot of the boys it’s difficult to explain the emotion because I’ve supported Wasps as a kid, coming here was my first home ground.
“It’s hard to say goodbye but lot of the fans will come with us which is positive, some won’t be able to make it, and it is important we respect them and thank them for all the time they’ve given us.
“It’s always been about the fans, the people – that’s what Wasps have always been about.”