Blair Cowan claimed the man of the match award following yesterday’s Gallagher Premiership opening round victory against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

The back row forward, who took over the captaincy following Franco van der Merwe’s departure from the field, spoke after the game following the Exiles 26-29 win.

“We are all pretty happy off the back of that. To come up against a side like Wasps, with a group of quality players, a team we have the utmost respect for and to win here is huge for us.

“It will do wonders for our confidence, but we still have plenty to work on.”

The Scotland international spoke of the closeness amongst the squad in allowing the club to get across the line when under huge amounts of pressure from Wasps at the end.

“That stems from confidence and everyone being on the same page from the start of pre-season and understanding what we are about. If you’ve got a few chinks in the chain, you won’t be able to implement that game plan, but this year there is such a united feel and it shows out there with our game plan and trying to do stuff.”

The flanker eluded to the key areas for improvement looking ahead to the Sale Sharks fixture at Madejski Stadium this weekend.

“We only really played for three quarters of the match and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves in the final quarter which you can’t afford to do that against a quality team like Wasps. We will look at those things and improve for next week.”

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