20th Oct, 2017

Wasps crash out of LV=Cup after Northampton defeat

Coventry Editorial 10th Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS defence coach Stephen Jones wants his side to be more clinical after losing 29-6 at Northampton Saints to bring their run in this season’s LV=Cup to an end.

The Saints moved into the final four thanks to tries from Ahsee Tuala, Phil Dowson, Jamie Elliott and Kahn Fotuali’i.

Wasps responded through two Alex Lozowski penalties, but their failure to make first-half territory pay proved to be their downfall.

“We knew that we were up against a very good Northampton team.” said Jones.

“The positives from our side were the amount of possession we had and the way we worked some good territory.

“Our territory and possession was very good, I think it was probably pretty level with theirs, but the frustrating thing was that we failed to cross the tryline for a try.

“There were a lot of changes with regards to personnel this week but we are disappointed that we didn’t cross despite a lot of good lead up work.”

Attentions turn back to the Aviva Premiership this weekend when Wasps go into the block of four games which begins with Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday.

“That will be a big focus for us this week going into the Quins game, making sure that we are smarter in the way we play and are far more direct in our approach.” Jones added.

“It’s a long intense season so it is important that we get the balance between game time and rest right and hopefully we go into this block of fixtures with guys who have a full tank of petrol ready for the task ahead.

“Hopefully the guys who have picked up bumps in the last couple of weeks will come through and be able to compete for a spot this weekend and we can have a good week’s preparation for what are going to be four huge league games.”

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