THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY.
? Cooper-Woolley gives Quins both barrels: Jake Cooper-Woolley is fast progressing into an England contender at tight head prop. Wasps' No.3 claimed the BT Sport man-of-the-match award on Sunday on a day when his all-court game really impressed.
Cooper-Woolley carried the ball strongly 12 times, managed three offloads out of the tackle and topped things off with the most outrageous dummy. He also claimed his second try of the season - both of which have come against Harlequins.
Unlike many 'modern' props, perhaps the most convincing aspect of Cooper-Woolley's game is his scrummaging. Harlequins were under pressure in the tight from the off, and conceded a string of penalties.
? Rewriting history: Harlequins triumphed more easily than the 26-21 result suggests during the Premiership's opening round, but that win was still nowhere near as convincing as Wasps six-try demolition job last weekend.
Although both clubs were missing players through Six Nations calls and injuries, this swing provides a clear indication of the shift in their respective fortunes.
Quins have now lost four of their last five Premiership matches, during a period which has coincided with the announcement of the end-of-season departure of the director of rugby Conor O'Shea.
Meanwhile Wasps march on, unbeaten in their last six and knowing wins over Gloucester and Leicester in the next fortnight will give them a useful cushion over the pack of clubs chasing the third and fourth play-off spots.
? The joys of spring: Much like their inconsistent away record, Wasps' ability to scrap out messy wins in bad weather has been questioned a few times in recent years.
The satisfaction generated by their distinctly damp triumphs at Bath and Northampton, plus batting 9-8 home win over Newcastle was therefore evident, but there is still no doubt they are a primarily a top-of-the-ground team.
In racing parlance, Wasps are a team waiting for spring ground, and the win on Saracens' artificial pitch, plus a firm Ricoh surface this weekend, has warned the rest of the Premiership what they will be capable of with the sun on their backs.
Given the pace and attacking threat offered by the likes of Christian Wade, Frank Halai, Rob Miller and the Piutau brothers, the rest of the season could see a few big scores.
? The missing cog? Wasps' preferred choice at inside centre prior to the campaign may well have been either Alapati Leuia or Andrea Masi, but since both have missed almost the entire season through injury, the No.12 shirt has changed hands a number of times.
Aussie Ben Jacobs had probably looked the most convincing option, until his injury convinced Young to secure the on-loan services of Siale Piutau.
Full back Charles' big brother has 24 Tongan caps, and he has made an immediate impact on Wasps' midfield. Piuta Senior has the ability to assess situations very quickly, and rarely takes a wrong option.
It barely seems worth writing that Siale is a Tongan centre who relishes physical contact, although the positive impact made by his first-time combination with Charles, usually a full back, is more newsworthy.
? Sorry Dai... With eight matches remaining, Dai is intent on containing the excitement building around Wasps' play-off prospects.
He insists anything better than a top six finish will be ahead of his target for the season, while pointing out Gloucester's home form (beaten by only Leicester and Saracens at Kingsholm) and the visit of traditional Premiership powerhouse Leicester could derail progress over the next fortnight.
The glass half-full version of this has third-placed Wasps as the Premiership's form team, about to enter the spring phase of the season which is bestsuited to their playing style on the back of recent demolitions of Saracens, Harlequins and Northampton.
Wasps' fans will certainly prefer the latter version, and providing a couple of key players (Nathan Hughes in particular) stay fit, it is hard to deny that their argument holds water.
Siale Piutau has made an impact.