Haskell out to relive former glories

Haskell out to relive former glories

Wasps captain James Haskell is determined to relive past European Rugby Champions Cup glories with a new crop of stars.

Jimmy Gopperth converted Charles Piutau's try at the death to claim a semi-final spot with a 25-24 triumph over Exeter Chiefs on Saturday. Pool stage top seeds Saracens stand in the way of Wasps' first final appearance since Haskell and co. lifted the European cup in 2007.

Haskell is hoping to repeat history with a new group of Wasps by claiming Champions Cup glory after overcoming  Sarries at the Madjeski Stadium on April 23.

He said: "This will rank right up there. I am the sort of the last one of the older set of Wasps boys, so it is very special to create memories with a team. It's why you play rugby. We have got a competitive squad. There are superstars in there, and it is just great to be into a semi-final. I was very lucky earlier on in my career to kind of be spoiled, winning silverware, then I had quite a few barren years.

"When you are younger, you kind of take it for granted. You realise how special and hard it is to achieve.

To get an opportunity in a semi-final is great for all for us. Europe always has a special flavour to it. We played well, but we can't leave things go down to the wire."

If the Ricoh Arena side can muscle their way past Saracens, a Lyon final awaits. Leicester Tigers and Racing 92 clash a day later in Nottingham's City Ground for their place in the grand finale.

Haskell wants his side to show the same character they called on to come from 13 points behind in their dramatic quarter-final victory.

He said: "It was edge of the seats stuff. I have had a few of those in my career  and they've always seem to have gone against us, so it was great to see Jimmy kick it over. Credit to Exeter, they are a very good side. We weren't at our best today at times and at other times we were very good.

"We showed really good resolve to get the result and not give up. It is very easy when the floodgates are going against you to fold up, but we didn't do that. We showed character.

"I did watch the kick, but I had my coat half over my face. As soon as the crowd started cheering, everyone just went mad."

– Entry was posted on April 13th, 2016 by James Haskell

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