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Wasps still backing their defence after Exeter errors
WASPS defence coach Brad Davis says Saturday’s defeat in Exeter won’t send him back to the drawing board.
Davis arrived in the summer charged with closing the gaps that resulted 51 tries against them in 22 Premiership matches.
Early signs were good, but Exeter’s three scores at Sandy Park recalled the bad old days.
Davis though, believes not.
He said: “Exeter is a pretty tough place to go where you are absolutely on top of your game.
“But a couple of missed tackles cost us a couple of tries and those lapses really proved costly. It’s collective responsibility and at this level you’ve got to make your tackles.
“But you don’t need to trawl over the video footage and turn everything upside down to find reasons.
“The positive that you take out of it as the coach is that we had our shape defensively. We were in position. We didn’t get split apart and there weren’t massive gaps in our defensive line.
“We were organised and difficult to break down, but a couple of lapses against probably their best strike runner let them in for a couple of tries.
“You don’t throw everything out by any stretch of the imagination, but we have to improve collectively in our tackling and our focus.”
And he expects to see that improvement on Friday night as Wasps hope to break their duck at Sale.
He said: “We need to make sure our defence is spot on against Sale. They pride themselves on their physicality at home and they’re playing with real punch in their forwards, so first and foremost we need to match that. We need to up the aggression in defence and in the tackle area.
“But I’m sure if we can get an equal share of possession and defend strongly and get parity in the set piece, which has been working well in the first two games, we can get a result.
“But every aspect of our game has to be spot on if you’re going to get a result away from home. We have to focus on the detail and bring the right attitude.”
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