‘We have to play like champions’ – Cooper-Woolley

Date published: February 21 2017

Jake Cooper-Woolley believes Wasps have to sharpen their mentality as they prepare to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

Wasps lost at Sale on Sunday but the Cherry and Whites beat Saracens last Friday, meaning the Coventry outfit remain on top of the pile.

Cooper-Woolley admits they had a frank review after the match and is looking forward to putting things right against Gloucester this week.

“We definitely didn’t play very well,” the prop told the club’s website.

“It wasn’t a good performance from us and we’ve been very frank about that this week, when we’ve reviewed the game. We said in the changing rooms after the game that there are going to be weekends when you don’t quite turn up, but we can’t set a precedent because if you’re slightly off you’re game, you get beaten. This is a fork in the road where we have to make sure it’s a good turning point for this group, where we learn our lessons.

“We set high standards as a team and we didn’t meet those last weekend, so we have to kick on this week. Even the week before wasn’t that great, so everyone’s looking forward to getting out on the training field and putting that right.”

He added: “We’re in a great position, six points clear at the top, which is a great place to be, but there’s a lot for us to work on. We have a target on our backs now and people will raise their game when they play us, but we have to have that same attitude; every game’s a massive game for us and if we want to be top of the table come the end of the season, we have to play like champions.

“When it’s not knockout rugby, you can afford to have a blip in the road, but later in the season we won’t have that luxury and we have to iron out those creases now.”