Challenge Cup: Wasps boss Lee Blackett eyes European success

Dylan Coetzee

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett is targeting the Challenge Cup as he looks to end the club’s 15-year wait for silverware.

Blackett’s men claimed a narrow 34-30 win over Edinburgh in the quarter-finals this weekend at the Dam Health Stadium and are looking to kick on in the competition.

All to play for

There are still quality teams in the tournament, and Blackett knows it will be a difficult task, but there is still a “chance.”

“It’s big to be in the semi-final,” said Blackett. “For a club the size of Wasps, it’s been a long time since we won a trophy.

“It’s been too long. We’re delighted to be in the semi-final, but in this tournament this year there are some monster teams.

“Saracens are still in it, Lyon are in it – these are quality sides, these are Champions Cup sides. We know it’s going to be hard to win it, but we’re in the last four so we’ve got a chance.”

Blackett would love for his club to reach the final in Marseille, but before that becomes a focus point, his side needs to take on Lyon in France.

“It would be massive for any club to get to the final in Marseille,” he said. “That’s why you do the sport. They’re the occasions you dream of at the start of the season.

“We can’t get too carried away with thinking about Marseille. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t slightly think about it, but it’s our job as coaches to keep everyone on task. Being away to Lyon is going to be a massive ask.”

Edinburgh coach Mike Blair questioned some of the decisions made by referee Pierre Brousset but admits it is still about focusing on what you can control.

“Some of the frustrating moments were self-induced and some I didn’t think the referee got right,” said Blair.

“There were a couple of decisions at the end which could have proved crucial. But equally I’m sure there were decisions that went the other way that he didn’t get right. Ultimately it’s not about the referee. It’s about the things we can control.”

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