19th Oct, 2017

Leicester Tigers jinx continues for Wasps

Steve Carpenter 2nd Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS slipped to their second defeat of the season at Leicester and director of rugby Dai Young admits his side simply were not good enough.

The seven-year wait for a victory at Welford Road for Wasps continues after they were beaten 24-16 on Sunday.

The visitors had trailed by just four points at half-time with Niki Goneva scoring the opening try of the match which was converted by Owen Williams on five minutes.

Both sides then exchanged penalties before Williams struck again on 20 minutes to put the hosts 13-3 ahead, but Jimmy Gopperth was twice successful with his boot to keep Wasps in the match at the mid-way point.

Another Williams penalty nudged Leicester further ahead after the break and when Wasps were reduced to 14 men after Gopperthwas shown a yellow card for making an illegal challenge, the hosts were able to score their second try of the match through winger Telusa Veainu.

Williams missed the conversion, but added a penalty in the 68th minute to make it 24-9 and although Lorenzo Cittadini scored for Wasps late on, with Ruaridh Jackson adding the extras, it proved too little too late for Youngs’ side.

“I’m really disappointed with the performance,” said Young. “It’s always difficult to get a result here at Welford Road. We all know you have to play somewhere near your best if you are to get a win.

“We didn’t deserve to come away with a point. We weren’t accurate enough or efficient enough, with or without the ball.

“We’ve got to be honest in that we don’t yet look as accurate and threatening with the ball in hand as we did last season. We’re not quite clicking in attack yet and defence isn’t where we want it to be either. There are big parts of our game we need to work on.”

This Sunday Wasps are back in action when they host Gloucester Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, and Young wants to see an improvement from his side.

“I’m disappointed with our two performances away from home,” he added.

“It’s that consistency in performance that we need to get. We need to earn the right to win at these places and to do that you’ve got to do all the basics well. On Sunday, apart from our set piece, our basics were left wanting.”


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