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Wasps maintain pressure on Toulouse

13 December 2010

  • Wasps keep the pressure on Toulouse with 23-16 victroy over Dragons in Heineken Cup
  • Tony Hanks not happy with side's performance despite victory
Wasps centre Andy Powell looks for the line against the Dragons

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Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks said he was concerned by his side's performance despite winning Sunday's Heineken Cup encounter with Newport Gwent Dragons.

Wasps kept up the pressure on pool six leaders and current holders Toulouse with the 23-16 victory, thanks to tries from Ben Jacobs, David Lemi and Tom Varndell.

But Hanks said the Londoners' decision-making had been 'poor' and that they would have to make a marked improvement before they entertain Dragons at home next weekend.

"The performance was not at a level we would expect," said Hanks.

The Dragons will not roll over - Hanks

"We defended a lot more in the second half than we would have liked, and we made some poor decisions. Our performance, in general, concerned me.

"The Dragons forced some errors, but I lost count of how many high balls we dropped. We didn't seem to have that spark about us.

"We knew the Dragons would come at us, away wins in the Heineken Cup are tough, and we will need to improve next week. The Dragons will not roll over.

"It is about our standards, and when you fall a bit short of those, there is obvious disappointment.

"Our turnover count was too high, and they put a lot of pressure on us around the breakdown. They really had a crack at us."

Paul Turner pleased with team's efforts

Dragons head coach Paul Turner said he was pleased with his side despite the defeat.

"That was probably the best we have played all season," he said. "Their first try was a forward pass and a blatant knock on.

"Wasps are a good side if you allow them to be. I felt we worked them all day, and if we had taken our opportunities we would have won the game.

"I thought we really took it to Wasps. We created so much and we more than deserved a draw. I don't like losing, and we did everything but win the game today."

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