Wasps' Kearnan Myall pleased with away form after Bath success
Wasps lock Kearnan Myall played a key role in last Saturday’s win over Bath, which was their fifth consecutively in the Aviva Premiership. Perhaps more significantly it was their sixth success away from the Ricoh Arena, which constitutes a major landmark for a club whose away form in recent times has been at best indifferent.
Myall said turning this round was a target for Wasps at the start of the season and that the win over Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens in late January represented something of a watershed moment.
“We highlighted in pre-season that our away form hasn’t matched how we’ve done at home,” he said. “Even at the start of the season it wasn’t quite right, but we now have a belief that perhaps wasn’t there before. “Northampton was a real turning point for us because we went there with a bit of fear. We had 70 points put on us there a couple of seasons ago and this time we went with the attitude that we were going to take the game to them. “We said we were going to play like we were at home, it was a wake-up call for us all knowing we could successfully do that. “We backed it up really well at Saracens last week, then got another great win at Bath.”
Although the final margin was only six points, in truth this flattered the hosts who were second best for most of the match – and it was Myall and his mates in Wasps’ pack who really turned the screw. “Coming to Bath and winning any time of year is very difficult,” he said. “We played well in parts, and a bit dodgily in parts, but ultimately got the job done and everyone is extremely happy. “Although we went close to a bonus point, the most important thing for us was keeping the momentum rolling and the wins coming.
“We felt in control for most of the game, and although they got a bit of momentum just before half time and in the yellow card period, our defence stayed strong.” “The scrum and line-out went really well, as we controlled our own ball and got a bit of disruption on them, which is what put us ahead, and they never recovered.”
Myall has considerable Premiership experience from his time at Leeds and Sale, but like a number of senior players including the likes of Edd Shervington, James Cannon, James Downey and Sailosi Tagicakibau he has been forced to wait patiently for game time
The 29-year-old England Saxons’ lock recognised Wasps’ improved squad depth is a positive development for the club, but admitted he has found it difficult at times. “Our strength in depth has put us in the current position, but there are positives and negatives to this,” he said. “On a personal level it has been a really tough season, as I’ve sometimes gone two or three weeks outside the squad. “There are a number of guys in other positions in the same situation, which does mean on days when there are injuries or people away representing their countries we can rotate the squad and bring in fresh, hungry players. Because we’ve trained together all year, we don’t lose anything by changing things around, as our performances have shown.
When you’re sat on the side watching the big wins in Europe, it’s great for the team, but from a personal viewpoint you want to be out there playing. When you’re in and out like I was at the start of the year, you want a run of games to really assert yourself and it can be really tough personally, even though you’re happy for everyone else.
“The attitude of the players who’ve been in that position has been really important. They haven’t sulked, and when their chances have come they have gone out and got on with it really well.
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