Wasps lose fourth successive match at the hands of European Champions Saracens - The Coventry Observer

10th Aug, 2022

Wasps lose fourth successive match at the hands of European Champions Saracens

RUGBY UNION: WASPS were undone by a standout hat-trick from hooker Jamie George on Sunday, losing 39-18 to Saracens.

The loss marked Wasps’ fourth in the spin, and consequently dropped them to tenth in the Aviva Premiership table – still nine points clear of bottom club Worcester.

Only Jack Willis and Josh Bassett had answers to Saracens’ dominance, both scoring late tries to make the scoreline somewhat respectable.

A frustrated Dai Young his side ‘switched off’ during parts of the opening half, which he believes ultimately cost them the game.

He said: “I’m really disappointed with the first 20 minutes.

“We had physicality in attack and defence, but they scored a try off of our lineout, which is a bit of a gimme.

“The second was unacceptable.

“They get a penalty and we switch off and turn our backs. You can’t come to anyone’s ground and give them a 15-point start, let alone the European champions. It forces you into playing a slightly different game.”

Young continued to refuse using the absence of 15 players sidelined through injury as an excuse.

He said: “Whoever puts the jersey on has to go out and do the job and I have faith in them to do that.

“We know we’ve got a lot of experienced starting players out, but we’ve just got to deal with it.

“It’s too easy an excuse for us. When those players come back it will put us in a better position, we realise that.

“We’ve lost four games on the bounce, I know we haven’t done that for a while.

“When you look at the reality of the fixtures, the two disappointing ones are the two at home because we built that up as a bit of a fortress.”

Picture: Manjit Narotra. 

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