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The Tight Stuff: a Chat with Dave Wilson

24 September 2014

We chat to tighthead prop Dave Wilson on topics ranging from his Man of the Match performance in the stunning victory against Leicester Tigers last weekend, to this Saturday's clash with Northampton Saints. 

I got Man of the Match because they couldn’t single out any backs

I think the set-piece did go well but, to be honest, everybody played well. All the backs had an awesome game, so they must have thought: “It’s too hard to choose, so we’ll just give it to the tighthead – he hasn’t had it in a while.” I did wonder afterwards where my bottle of champagne was, but apparently you don’t get one…

Tigers will be hurting after Saturday 

You can never predict a result like that. If you’re a betting man, the odds on that are very slim. We were lucky to get that scoreline and a few things did go our way.Against Leicester, we turned up fully expecting a tough, close game. You have to turn up physically, and if you don’t, Leicester will punish you. Every single one of our players turned up and did the job.

It was a good feeling after the match   

Because I got Man of the Match – did I mention that before? – one of my duties involved going around a few hospitality boxes and chatting to people. They were all in good spirits so it was good to see them so happy after that game.  

Northampton are the team to beat in the Premiership

We played them in the Amlin Challenge Cup Final back in May, and we’re still a bit cut up after that. They’re a quality side, which goes without saying because they did the domestic and European double last season. They are physically fit and rely on their physicality. They have a good kick chase, scrummage well and are hard at the breakdown. They’ve got guys like Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood who embody their offensive defence ethos.

Our front row understand each other 

Rob Webber and Paul James and I work together well. We understand each other, and whatever needs to be sorted out in the scrum, we sort it out as we go. We might go into a game with a bit of a plan, but it often changes after the first or second scrum, so it’s good that we’re decisive for the very next scrum. It works well having that much experience.

Tom Youngs and I soon forgot our altercation on Saturday

I think he got sent on with a bit of a job. He would have been frustrated with the scoreline. I know him well and he’s a top lad. His arms are that short that he couldn’t get a punch on me, thankfully! 

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