Dan Robson rues errors as Wasps slip to Saracens defeat
Wasps scrum half Dan Robson endured a tough afternoon against Saracens on Sunday, as his team slipped to a 26-16 defeat.
The former Gloucester No.9 was unluckily trapped offside in front of a charge down in the opening seconds, and although things improved substantially for him thereafter, Wasps were never able to escape the unbeaten champions’ iron grip. Wasps’ boss Dai Young and his players knew exactly how Saracens would approach the match tactically, but frustratingly were unable to combat their simple-but-effective game plan.
Robson conceded that a couple of lapses from Wasps were contributory factors in the match’s outcome, but said margins for error against the unbeaten table-toppers are very slender. “We knew what we were coming up against this weekend, they are top of the league for a reason,” he said. “It was difficult - they play a very efficient game of rugby, kick a lot and are very good at what they do. “They put a lot of pressure on the breakdown, which makes it very hard and you have to do very well in the forwards to nullify that. “At times we were in the game, but they scored a couple of quickfire tries in the second half and you can’t afford to do that against a side like Saracens, who are unbeaten this season in the Premiership and Europe.
“You have to be confident against them, but at the same time you can’t just go out there and play. You need to balance a good kicking game with a good chase and when it’s on you’ve got to try and play.
“They are so good at what they do, they will turn you over and kick you back, so if you get that balance wrong you end up playing a lot of rugby for nothing.” Robson said he was pleased that Wasps did manage to create a couple of opportunities, but that the team must now quickly readjust their focus before facing Sale next weekend. “There were times today when we looked dangerous,” he said. “We showed that at the end when we put a few phases together, and scored in the corner. Richard
“We tried to break them down a bit, and in the first half when we got into their areas we looked sharp. “So there were some positives to take, but we now have a short turnaround before the Sale game, so we need to get our heads down and look at what we could have done better. “We had a few lapses of concentration and lack of attention to detail which we will need to look at this week.
“We’ll need to knuckle down as it’s really important that we pick up some points over the next fortnight, so we need to have all guns blazing by next Saturday.”
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