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Wasps: Hopefully he's over bad spell
FOR all his experience, Andy Goode will still be a relieved man this week after nailing a last-gasp conversion that should kick his wobbly Wasps start into the long grass.
Goode joined Wasps from Worcester as the second highest points scorer in Premiership history, but crucial late misses cost his team against Harlequins and Sale before he missed more off the tee than he made in the win over Worcester.
However, the fly half came off the bench against Saracens and, after missing his first two kicks at the posts, faced down his own demons with a last-minute conversion that earned his side a losing bonus point.
Director of rugby Dai Young said: “I'm pleased for him. Who wants to be a kicker? Either you're a hero or a villain.
“We all know Andy's track record and he's up there with the best of them. He came on and missed a couple, but it shows his strength of character that he never thought twice of stepping up.
“I’m pleased because he's worked hard over the last week or two to get it right, but I never doubted him as a kicker. They all go through these bad patches and come out the other end. Hopefully he's come out the other end now.”
Young has also insisted that erratic kicking hadn’t cost Goode his place in the side for the Saracens match.
He said: “I’ve been waiting for the headlines that he’s been dropped, but he hasn’t been.
“We’ve got a squad rotation policy. It’s not fixed and Andy’s certainly not going to play every game so it’s important Joe is given the opportunity as well.
“It was always a case that Joe would come in after a couple of games and it’s up to him to put pressure on Andy to keep him out of the team.
“If we’re going to do anything this season it’s the squad that’s going to do it, not the XV.”
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