Stephen Jones knows a good fly-half when he sees one and after watching Alex Lozowski lead Wasps to LV= Cup victory over London Irish, the Welsh legend is excited for the future.
Lozowski, who rejoined the club in the summer, kicked 23 points and pulled the strings in midfield as Wasps overturned a narrow half-time deficit to claim maximum points.
Simon McIntyre, Josh Bassett, Guy Thompson and Elliot Daly each dotted down at Adams Park, while the Exiles registered a Leo Halavatau try and 17 points from Myles Dorrian’s boot.
And Jones, the Wasps backs coach, was pleased to see the hosts bounce back not only from behind on the day, but also from defeat to Sale Sharks last weekend.
“It was great to be able to give Alex some game time and it’s even better when he puts in a performance like he did today,” he said.
“We had a good balance in our game but the forwards gave us a wonderful platform to win that game. The work rate around the park was top draw. Also we had two young half-backs out there who controlled the field very well.
“We’re delighted to get the bonus point and we’re ambitious. We want to be successful and that final score was key for us.
“We’re very pleased coming back after trailing in the first half, it shows the character of the group and shows their commitment to each other.
“We played well in the first half and the scoreboard didn't reflect that, I’m glad we kept our patterns and our belief and that we came out on top.”
The defeat was London Irish’s second in as many LV= Cup games this season, following a one-point loss to Leicester Tigers last time out.
But forwards coach Glenn Delaney insists a number of the younger faces on show could afford to hold their heads high after a determined display.
He said: “We were in the contest at half time and we scored a good try that put us back into it. It was nip-and-tuck until about 20 minutes to go and I think the scrum was probably the difference between the two sides.
“It was a learning curve for our young players. Learning isn’t about good experiences it’s about those experiences that you probably want to forget.
“The try was a testament to the hard work done at our academy. We were able to bring those youngsters in and give them starts against a good team with good players and that’s how they learn.
“The youngsters shone today, in particular I think Ollie Curry did very well and Ross Neal certainly held his own in midfield.
“You’re always disappointed to lose a game but I think the score line probably reflected the strength that Wasps had on the park.”
Wasps: O’ Conor (Daly 50), Helu (Tagicakibau 37), Jacobs, Bell, Bassett, Lozowski, Bliss (Simpson 50), McIntyre (Yapp 66), Shervington (Johnson 49), Swainston (Cooper-Woolley 49), Cannon, Rowlands, Lawrence (Gaskell 59), Young (Hughes 40), Thompson
London Irish: Ojo, Cowell, Neal, Griffin, Short (Vukasinovic 40 (Palframan 76), Dorrian, Allinson (Murphy 64), Parr (Lewington 40), Mayhew, Halavatau (Smallbone 55), Low (Hagan 40), Lyons, Curry, Stevens, Gilsenan (Salmon 33)
Tries: McIntyre, Bassett, Thompson, Daly
Conversions: Lozowski 4
Penalties: Lozowski 5
Penalties: Dorrian 5
Referee: Craig Evans
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