Wasps captain Joe Launchbury has urged his side to keep their European Champions Cup hopes alive with a win over Harlequins.

Launchbury issues rallying cry

Launchbury issues rallying cry

Wasps head to Quins on Saturday knowing defeat would almost certainly see them unable to progress to the knockout stages while Quins are already resigned to dropping out at the pool stage.

Launchbury is well aware his side need to win to keep the pressure on Ulster, who head to the Ricoh next weekend, and feels there will be a "cup final" atmosphere at Twickenham Stoop, regardless of the fact the hosts can no longer reach the next phase of the competition.

“It’s a huge match against Quins,” he told the club's official website. “It sounds strange, but it’s a cup final even though one side don't have anything to play for. I know full well the mentality of their players and I know they want to upset the party for us.

“It's a must-win game for us. We don't know fully what the permutations are going to be over the next two weeks but we do know that to have any chance we have to win the next two games.

“They're a team packed full of international quality. In their starting XV a large proportion are internationals and they're in key positions for the team. The way they play the game, up front they'll physically try to take us on, and they've also got some X-factor players in the backs so we've got to be careful when we kick to them.”