Wentzel loving his rugby again

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:32
Large marco wentzel 630 Large marco wentzel2 630 Large london wasps v newport gwen

London Wasps lock Marco Wentzel says playing without fear of relegation has him loving his rugby this season.

London Wasps lock Marco Wentzel, who recently signed a new contract extension at the club, says playing without fear of relegation has him loving his rugby this season.

The South African second row spent the last three seasons involved in relegation battles – last year with London Wasps and two years in a row with Leeds Carnegie – and he says he is enjoying that pressure being lifted.

“It is never a great deal of fun battling against relegation and I have had that for three years in row, but on the other side, there is a great sense of achievement that you get from fighting for survival and then achieving it. There is a sense of camaraderie that you don’t get with anything else. I think that this season we are enjoying the fruits of that battle last year.

“I am really enjoying this season; it is a completely different atmosphere and a totally different feeling coming to training every day. We haven’t had that shadow cast over the team and things behind the scenes have begun to be sorted out and it is a big boost for the squad.”

Wentzel said his side are desperate to make up for a disappointing defeat last weekend as they prepare to travel to Sixways on Friday.

“We were obviously going into the game in a good position having beaten Harlequins away and then Gloucester at home, so we were very disappointed to lose and very disappointed by the way we lost.

“We didn’t play well, we weren’t up to scratch in defence and we didn’t retain the ball well enough. That wasn’t a reflection of what this group of people are capable of. There are a lot of guys who aren’t that pleased this week, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”

This Friday’s game gives Wasps a chance to get back on track, but the task will not be an easy one, travelling up to Sixways to play a Worcester team looking to pick up points to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack at the bottom of the table.

“We know that going away to Worcester is going to be a tough challenge," Wentzel said.

“They will be looking to put a bit of distance between themselves and the bottom of the table. They had a very unlucky loss against Gloucester and they will be looking to bounce back and pick up some much-needed points.

“There are not many sides that go up to Sixways on a Friday night and come away with a win. They are in a not too dissimilar a place to where we were last year and we know how much that can drive you. We have a short turnaround, coming out of a Sunday game into a Friday game, and if we are not fully on our game then we are going to struggle.

“They are very good at grinding you down, they are good in defence and have a good kicking game so there is no doubt that they are going to make it very hard for us. If we want to play our brand of rugby then we are going to have to do the hard yards first.”

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Team P W D L Pts
Exeter Chiefs 17 12 0 5 61
Wasps 17 11 1 5 54
Saracens 17 11 0 6 53
Newcastle Falcons 17 11 0 6 50
Leicester Tigers 17 10 0 7 47
Gloucester 17 9 1 7 46
Bath 17 9 0 8 45
Sale Sharks 17 8 0 9 43
Harlequins 17 7 0 10 36
Northampton Saints 17 6 0 11 31
Worcester Warriors 17 5 0 12 27
London Irish 17 2 0 15 15