EXETER Chiefs must impose their own style of play on Wasps if they are to avoid another disappointing result, according to head coach Rob Baxter.
The Sandy Park side head into their first home encounter of the season keen to get the one-sided 38-11 opening-day defeat to Northampton Saints out of their system.
A number of things irked Baxter about the loss at Franklin's Gardens, particularly individual defensive mistakes, but a lack of physical intensity and a cutting edge – things on which the Chiefs have prided themselves – were also conspicuous in their absence.
And Baxter says focusing on getting back to what they do best gives them the best chance of returning to winning ways.
"We need to make sure we take the game to them and make the game a little bit more about ourselves," he said.
"We failed to do that at the weekend for various reasons and it is obviously my job and the coaches' job to make sure we do.
"We are not suddenly sitting here thinking everything is going wrong because we lost to Northampton – it doesn't work like that.
"We know we are a good Premiership side that has had a poor game – that just about sums it up – but we need to make this weekend a lot more about us and what we want to do and that is how you tend to get performances and results.
"We need to narrow our focus down, make sure we are happy with the team we select, the way we train and go from there."
They head into the match facing a Wasps team also desperate to put an opening-day defeat behind them, although for very different reasons.
Only the width of a post denied them a fine victory against Harlequins after a commendable performance, as Andy Goode hit the woodwork with an injury-time conversion attempt in their 16-15 loss.
Dai Young's men can certainly take heart from their showing, although that may be tempered by the fact that it still constituted a ninth straight defeat in all competitions.
Added to that is their poor record against the Chiefs. They have lost their last six matches against the Devonians and have only beaten them once in the Aviva Premiership – a 24-12 reverse at Adams Park back in 2010.
Wasps are also without a win on the road in more than six months.
Nevertheless, with six new players in the squad, they are a very different beast to the one which limped to an eighth-placed finish last term.
In Christian Wade and Tom Varndell, they have last season's two most prolific Premiership try-scorers, while ex-England man Goode brings a solid kicking game and a wealth of experience with him at 10.
The Chiefs' loss at Franklin's Gardens mean they opened a Premiership campaign without a win for the very first time.
Baxter concedes it has added a small bit of pressure to Saturday's game, but is philosophical when looking at the bigger picture.
"It would be foolish to say it hasn't added a little bit more pressure because we don't have any points but, at the same time, it is one game into the season and the most points we have ever got at Northampton is one," he said. "In theory, we are only a point down so far on our best-ever season so it is not like it is beyond recovery.
"In the bigger picture, to be a point down on where we have been in other years is not the end of the world.
"An opening-day defeat is only what you let it be," he continued. "If we were sitting in the dressing room saying that we had lost our first game so we were going to have a bad season, that would be a pretty poor attitude to take.
"I would like to think we will look at it by asking what we can learn from it and going from there.
"Sometimes it can drive the rest of the season and become a real positive for you."