10th Dec, 2016

Winning streak ends for in-form Wasps at Gloucester

Steve Carpenter 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN INCREDIBLE run of six consecutive wins in the Aviva Premiership came to an end on Saturday after Dai Young’s side fell to a narrow 13-10 defeat at Gloucester.

The home side went ahead in the fourth minute thanks to an easy penalty by Greig Laidlaw and in the 18th minute Richard Hibbard crossed between the posts with Laidlawy scoring the extras.

A Jimmy Gopperth penalty got Wasps on the scoreboard and two minutes after the break a superb Nathan Hughes try, which was converted by Jimmy Gopperth got the visitors back on level terms.

But Gloucester scored the only further points of the match on 56 minutes thanks to Laidlaw and a victory for Leicester Tigers sees Wasps drop a place back to fourth in the table.

“Obviously we are disappointed, but it was a real close game. We didn’t have enough ball in the right areas. We were forced to defend for long periods of time and I think we looked a little bit one-paced.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Gloucester, I thought they were good and they deserved their win.

“We knew how tough it was going to be. It’s by no means a disaster, we only lost by three points to a very good Gloucester side who have barely lost at home this season, but I don’t think we played anywhere near as well as we can.

“It provides us with something to work on next week. We have to get a little bit more energy and tempo in our game. There is no easy game in the Premiership.”

Attentions now turn towards this weekend’s clash against Leicester Tigers, which is expected to attract a large crowd to the Ricoh Arena.

And Young knows his side are in for a physical battle in the battle for third spot.

He added: “It will be very much the same with Leicester. They are certainly going to attack the contact area and be very physical.

“We have to man up in that area and make sure we get some quick ball.

“If we get some quick ball we’ve got the personnel that can finish things off as we showed today with Christian Wade’s try. It just wasn’t quite our day, so well done to Gloucester.”