Wasps drop to fifth following Exeter loss - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

Wasps drop to fifth following Exeter loss

RUGBY UNION: WASPS dropped to fifth in the Aviva Premiership table following a disappointing 31-17 loss to Exeter.

After losing out to Harlequins the week previous, Dai Young’s men suffered another league defeat – this time on the road against the defending champions.

A pair of trys from Olly Woodburn helped the Sandy Park outfit to a comfortable victory as Dave Dennis, Don Armand, and Shaun Malton also made the scoresheet.

Young blamed a lack of possession the reason for Sunday’s loss, and added his side must reduce the amount of turnovers allowed during the game.

He said: “We turned the ball over seven times from first phase – so we just kept handing it back to them.

“It sounds a bit ridiculous when you concede 31 points, but on occasions today I thought our defence was pretty good, but we just had to do too much of it.

“If you give Exeter that many opportunities to run at you, the dam is going to bust at some point.

“We’ve tried to look for width too early too many times – we need to look to be more direct, as we did in the second half at times.

“We play with two lines of attack, but need to hit the front line more often than we have in the last couple of games.

“We’re not always going to get outside teams, we need to go through them as well.

“That’s something we need to keep working at as there’s no magic cure, and the players have to take individual responsibility.”

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