Cipriani bracing for hostile Kingspan

Date published: October 12 2017

Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani says his side are ready for the "hostile" Ulster atmosphere ahead of their Champions Cup clash on Friday at Kingspan Stadium.

Wasps will look to bag a third Champions Cup this season, starting with a trip to Ulster.

Ulster fans are renowned for creating a ferocious atmosphere, but Cipriani says his team-mates are up for it and that his side will stick to their playing style, despite playing away from home.

“Playing against Ulster in Ireland will be a hostile crowd, probably more so than you find in the Premiership but we’ve got enough experience of playing in those games and scenarios,” Cipriani told BT Sport.

“We have enough old heads in our squad to make sure that doesn’t affect the level of performance and it’s just about us imposing us on them.

“It’s important that we give each game the respect it deserves, go there to fight and keep putting our philosophy onto the opposition.

“People talk about the European referees and breakdown laws being different but with the new laws coming in I think there will be consistency.”

Wasps made it to the quarter-finals last season but will hope to get to their first final since 2007, which is in Bilbao next May.

Cipriani says squad confidence is high and that they have improved since last season.

“I love playing in Europe and I’ve got some really fond memories of playing in some great away games during my first spell at Wasps,” added the fly-half.

“Last year we had a pretty good run, it was disappointing how it finished, but I’m excited to get back out there and be part of our European journey.

“There are lessons we learnt from last year’s knockout games and as a group we’re going to grow and move forward with that.

“It’s about being confident and remembering what a good group of players we have and really believing in ourselves.”