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Match reaction: Wasps 17 Saracens 26

Wasps boss Dai Young refused to be downcast despite seeing his side’s proud home record at the Ricoh Arena ended by Saracens after an exceptional kicking performance from Saracen Alex Goode.

Heading into the game Wasps were the only team in the competition to have won all eight home games this term – including the last four at their new Coventry base.

And despite two stunning first-half tries from Christian Wade and Elliot Daly, they found fellow semi-final chasers Saracens too tough to handle.

Goode was the catalyst for Saracens as he scored 16 points with the boot, with Jackson Wray and Chris Wyles both crossing.

After a blistering start, Wasps looked certain to go on and claim another win at home but ill-discipline at the set piece allowed Saracens back into the game and Young admits it was a source of real concern for him.

“We knew what was coming from (them) as they don't play a lot of rugby, (they) kick the ball a lot to squeeze you and it's very hard to play against,” said Young.

“If you can control it, you get options to play as we showed in the first 20 minutes but after that we struggled to deal with the aerial bombardment as we dropped the ball far too often.

“Nothing changes as a result of today, we are still a work in progress and we are still aiming for a place in the top six.

“We will address what went wrong today for our set-piece didn't function as well as we would have liked and we lacked a bit of control in the second half.

“'However, we do have individual players who can lighten up any stadium as you saw in the first 20 minutes.”

Saracens boss Mark McCall was complimentary to his side as they had stuck to their game plan after going 17-3 down.

He said: “We had the clarity of thought not to be spooked when they scored two tries in three minutes as we put the ball in the right areas to put pressure on them.

“You can see that they have people who can hurt you from long range as they've scored a lot of tries from inside their own half this season.

“We had chances to close it up late on, which we didn't take, but we did deprive them of a vital bonus point.”
 
Wasps: Miller; Wade, Daly, Downey (Masi 62), Tagicakibau; Andy Goode (Lozowski 62), Simpson; Mullan (McIntyre 62), Lindsay (Jackson 68), Cittadini (Swainston 62), Davies, Gaskell (Myall 59), Johnson, Young (Thompson 52), Hughes.
Replacements not used: Weepu
 
Saracens: Ransom; Ashton (Mordt 72), Boasch, Barritt (Streather 57), Wyles; Alex Goode, Wigglesworth (Spencer 78); Vunipola (Gill 62), George (Saunders 78), Du Plessis (Figallo 57), Hamilton, Hargreaves (capt), Itoje, Burger (Hankin 78), Wray (Joubert 72).
 
Scorers
 
Wasps 
Tries: Wade, Daly
Conversions Goode 2
Penalties Goode 1
 
Saracens
Tries Wyles, Wray
Conversions Goode 2
Penalties Goode 4

Referee: Matt Carley
Attendance: 16,874

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