London Wasps are not out of Europe yet:Hanks

London Wasps are attempting to qualify for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the first time since they won the trophy in 2007 – but defeat at Glasgow Warriors in Round 6 has left them with a mountain to climb against defending champions and Pool 6 leaders Toulouse at Adams Park on Sunday in the final match of the Pool stages of the 16th tournament.


The 20-10 defeat in Scotland meant Toulouse automatically qualified for the quarter-finals as the Pool winners with a six points advantage over Wasps – and left the Premiership side no option but to beat the four times champions while also sweating on results elsewhere this weekend.


“We have made it incredibly difficult for ourselves,” said Director of Rugby Tony Hanks.


“Now we have to rely on other results while for us the bare minimum is to get a win – we simply have to beat Toulouse.


“It is still a home game, it is still a Heineken Cup game and there is still a lot to play for. We are a team and a club full of ambition and now we’ve made it very difficult to get through.


“Obviously we can’t catch Toulouse but then all the Amlin permutations and everything else will come into play. But forget all that – this is about fronting up and playing well at home against Toulouse.”


And there is also the opportunity to repay the fans who made the trip north against the French giants.


“I feel sorry for the supporters who travelled up to Glasgow,” he said. “I know they are as disappointed as we are – it is not what we wanted to give them.


“It was unacceptable by our standards and we all to need to look at the reasons why and reflect on those.


“But there’s no point us sitting around sulking for too long. The best way for us to repay the supporters who went up there and suffered the same disappointment as us is to front up next week. We’ve got to do whatever we can to make sure we prepare well.


“We’ve got a good crowd coming to the Toulouse match who were expecting more in Glasgow and believed that the game against Toulouse would decide the Pool. “


“We’ve got to repay them on Sunday with a performance and all we can do is make sure we respond.


“There’s a lot of battered egos and battered pride. You have good days and bad and we timed it really badly to have a poor day.”


Glasgow Warriors now play Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade with Warriors captain Ali Kellock declaring: “The match has to be a marker. The Warriors and the Dragons know each other well and it’s another funny dynamic with neither team pushing for anything. That’ll make it really important that the guys step up during the week.


“We need to go down there and play well so that we can become more consistent. We need to kick start our season.


“Because we have shown what we can do. We are as tight as we have ever been as a squad and you win games from that.


We’re working so hard but we are realistic and we know where we are. We really came together in that Toulouse game where we went over there in difficult circumstances.”


“Although they beat us convincingly in the end, at 60 minutes we were right in the game. We left everything out on that park. We’ve set the standard that, whenever we play, it’s about 100 per cent commitment.”

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