Wasps boosted by London Irish triumph

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Wasps coach Lee Blackett believes there are positive times ahead for his team following their much needed 38-30 victory over London Irish in the Premiership on Sunday.

Blackett’s side have been plagued by injuries this season in what has been a tough period for the Coventry-based team.

Finishing on a high

After six consecutive losses, Wasps ended their year on a high, beating an Exiles side that had won their last two Premiership matches.

Blackett said: “If I reflected on the season so far, I’d have probably thought when we were 16-0 up at half-time against Harlequins [in November] that we were going really well.

“Since then, we seem to have just come off slightly and I think today there was more energy.

“I look at us in training, and we had some key guys coming back training this week – guys who have been out for a fair while, like Ryan Mills, Sam Spink, Charlie Atkinson, Paolo Odogwu.

“They’re just giving energy to the group as well, so once those guys return the quality of sessions will go up as well.

“For me, it was a sign of intent that we’re coming and we’re getting back to where we can be.

“I don’t feel like since that two-week break (for the Premiership Rugby Cup) we’ve hit our straps again and I thought today there were signs we were getting back to that.”

Wasps led 25-18 at half-time through tries by Ali Crossdale, Dan Frost and Alfie Barbeary, as scores by Ollie Hassell-Collins and Agustin Creevy (2) kept London Irish in the game.

Frost then claimed his second before the boot of Jimmy Gopperth, who kicked 18 points, pulled Wasps clear, despite tries by Tadgh McElroy and Ben White for the Exiles.

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney said: “All credit to Wasps, they won a few of the pressure points, they won the breakdown area and one or two other areas that put us under pressure and they came away with points.

“We probably had our chances as well and we maybe didn’t come away with as many (points) as we’ve done before, but that will happen.

“These things are always on tight margins – we’ve won games like that before and lost games like that before and we just have to get better at not losing them.

“We were on their line and they managed to clear it, come down and get that first score (of the second half).

“You can talk about different turning points over the course of the game and Wasps definitely won more of those today than we did.”

Steve Borthwick hails Leicester players after late win

Meanwhile, Steve Borthwick has heaped praise on his Leicester side for their ability to “fight” until the final whistle as the unbeaten Tigers narrowly beat Bristol in a classic encounter at Ashton Gate.

Bristol looked to be putting an end to the Tigers’ superb run as they led into added time.

However, Borthwick’s side managed to create a try for replacement Guy Porter with the clock showing four minutes past the 80, snatching the win from Bristol.

But Leicester dug deep to conjure a try for substitute Guy Porter with the clock four minutes into the red, and Bristol were sunk in front of a 20,000 crowd.

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