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Yellow cards cost Wasps

28 February 2011

  • Shaun Edwards unhappy after three Wasps players sin-binned in Saracens defeat
  • Wasps coach offers no excuse for poor performance at Adams Park
Wasps forward Marty Veale is sent to the sin-bin during the Aviva Premiership defeat at home to Saracens

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Wasps coach Shaun Edwards was unhappy after seeing three of his players sin-binned during the Aviva Premiership defeat to Saracens.

The hosts conceded 12 points while they were below-strength after forwards Marty Veale, Tim Payne and John Hart all saw yellow.

However, Edwards could offer few excuses for his side's inability to adapt to the soggy conditions at Adams Park, where Sarries' tactical kicking proved key.

"Obviously they [yellow cards] were costly, but we started horrifically and in the second half we were outsmarted by the opposing half backs," he said.

"Their kicking game was much more clinical than ours and it was pretty obvious we are a much better team in the dry.

"We showed a lack of nous in those conditions which our opponents didn't. They were very smart and intelligent with their kicking game."

Meanwhile, Saracens rugby director Mark McCall was delighted with his side's work ethic.

Saracens move up to second in the table

Saracen's Chris Wyles is tackled by John Hart of Wasps

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"Everybody worked very hard and we were well managed by our half-backs in difficult conditions," he said.

"Penalties conceded and yellow cards conceded generally come from pressure and, with the conditions, we set out to put Wasps under pressure."

Three successive victories have seen Saracens move into second place and they put their unbeaten run on the line at league-leaders Leicester on Saturday.

"Thirteen points from those three games is everything we wanted," McCall added.

"We're on a nice little run at the moment, but Welford Road is a tough place to go. We won there last season so the boys have no fear of going there."

An added bonus for Saracens was the return of centre Adam Powell after three months out following shoulder surgery.

Powell came off the bench in the second half to make his 100th appearance for the club and McCall added: "He's had a desperate season with injuries so it was good to see him back."

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