O'Shea: The better team lost

Wasps won the battles but lost the war against Quins

Wasps won the battles but lost the war against Quins

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IT will be of little consolation to Wasps that both Dai Young and Connor O’Shea believe the better team lost yesterday.

Wasps were beaten 11-10 by a Harlequins try two minutes from time that needed verification from the TMO, but Young insists his team should have been out of reach before then.

He said: “You don’t always get what you deserve in sport and we certainly didn’t get what we deserved.

“But we have to look at ourselves. We produced a lot of opportunities in the first half that we didn’t nail and we should have gone into half time with a bigger cushion than we did.

“We were in control for a huge majority of that game, but our discipline let us down in the last ten minutes.

“That allowed them field position to sneak it at the end.”

And sneak it they did, as Quins boss O’Shea admitted.

He said: “We got away with it. I feel for Wasps. They were the better team but we got the win. Sometimes rugby is like that; you don’t get what you deserve.”

It’s not the first time these two have produced a classic in recent years, but it’s Wasps who have been cut by three of the last four knife-edge results.

Young said: “You certainly haven’t got to tell us that you have to keep playing against Quins.

“They’ve done it to us two or three seasons on the trot. We know they’ve got the quality to nick it right at the end and that proved to be the case again.

“But we don’t want to be too disappointed. Not many people come here and win but we pushed them really close and came away with a losing bonus point.”

A bonus point though, is a poor return for one of Wasps’ best displays of the season.

Young said: “There were far more positives than negatives. We were by far the better team and deserved to win.

“But we didn’t and you have to look at the reasons why.

“I don’t want to focus on the try because we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

“We had a tackle situation on their 10m line and 5m from touch which we were totally in control of.

“We had a full line and gave away a silly penalty. Then we had a tackle situation on our 10m line, again with a full line, and gave away another silly penalty.

“We gave them the opportunity to come back and sneak it and we need to be a little bit more composed in defence.

“And in the first half we let one or two opportunities slip. If we had a little bigger cushion at half time I think it would have been difficult even for Quins to come back.

“But we did ourselves proud. I’m pleased with the players and feel a little bit sorry for them because they didn’t get what they deserved.

“I can’t think of many poor performances in our team. We did a lot of really good stuff and should have won.”

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