September 26th, 2016

Bath leave it late as visitors sink Wasps in Champions Cup

Updated: 4:55 pm, Dec 16, 2015

WASPS director of rugby Dai Young cut a frustrated figure after watching his side fall to their first defeat in the Champions Cup in heartbreaking fashion.

Despite being 15-3 down the home side staged a spirited fightback to take a five point lead with five minutes remaining.

But with the clock at zero and with two players in the sin bin, Anthony Watson crossed in the corner and George Ford held his nerve as Bath stole a dramatic late victory.

“I was frustrated with our whole performance throughout the day,” said Young. “We dropped the ball and turned it over twice for Bath’s first two tries.

“We played far too much rugby in the wrong areas, without getting real penetration. We ran ourselves into the ground a little bit.

“Second half I thought we were a little bit smarter, we played the game a little bit better, got our noses in front and with two or three minutes to go, we’ve got to be experienced enough to see that out.

“We have to be smarter, we are not here to entertain, we are here to win games and we have to realise that when you’re not getting much penetration or much joy, you’ve got to play field position as well.

“We were nowhere near clinical enough, we came into their 22 on numerous occasions but only came away with three points. Bath were much more clinical – in the first half they came into our 22 twice and scored twice.

“As I’ve said previously, we weren’t quite as good as everyone was saying we were after the Toulon win. After last week we aren’t quite as bad as everyone was saying either! We just need to look ahead to next week now.”

Wasps are next in action this Sunday when they travel to Bath hoping to bounce back immedietely in the Champions Cup.

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