19th Oct, 2017

Wasps coach disappointed with Cardiff Clues defeat

Coventry Editorial 3rd Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS defence coach Brad Davis says his side let the club’s supporters down after their winning run came to an end courtesty of a narrow 42-45 defeat against Cardiff Blues in the LV=Cup.

The hosts threw away a 25-point lead after going 42-17 in front at the beginning of the second half but Cardiff fought back with four unanswered tries to steal a dramatic late win.

Cardiff snatched the win in the final phase of the match and Davis was disappointed with the way his side gave away a commanding lead.

“We are obviously very disappointed though with our performance,” said Davis.

“To score 42 points at home and be on the losing side tells the story really. What we did with ball in hand was good but defensively we just weren’t good enough.

“Defensively we weren’t at the races and that’s something I’m going to have to look at and put right.

“To give up our winning record at the Ricoh, considering the position we were in was extremely disappointing.

“The support from the people who came out to watch the game was brilliant. To have nine to ten thousand people come out for an LV=Cup fixture, considering the corresponding fixture last season has an attendance of just over five thousand, was phenomenal.

“That makes it even more disappointing that we served up that second 40 minutes of rugby, which really wasn’t good enough.”

This weekend Wasps travel to Franklin’s Gardens were they will round off their LV=Cup campaign against Northampton Saints and Davis said that the game provides his side with a great opportunity to regain some momentum.

He added: “Next weekend is a great opportunity for this group of players and others who I’m sure will come into the side to prepare for the fixture the week after and give us some momentum going back into the Aviva Premiership.”

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