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Match Reaction: Wasps 70 Bristol Rugby 22

Jake Cooper-Woolley was among the try-scorers for Wasps. Picture: Getty

Dai Young insists his Wasps side still have lots to improve on despite claiming an emphatic 70-22 victory over Bristol Rugby.

The Black and Golds were just one point shy of breaking their own Aviva Premiership Rugby points record at the Ricoh Arena as they ran in ten tries.

It ensured Wasps have now won all three of their Aviva Premiership matches so far this season, missing out on just one bonus point in the process.

And their director of rugby said: “I was really pleased. To score 70 points, we must have done quite a lot right. It got a little bit messy on occasions but you have to be pleased.

“With three wins on the bounce is important and we have 14 points out of 15 so we can’t ask for much more at this stage.

“It is important to be ruthless because part of this team’s development is gone are the days that we will be underdogs in every game that we play and we will go into games with people expecting us to win and one of those was today.

“You have to have that mental toughness and attitude that it doesn’t matter who is next or that you will play the game the same way – we will set our own standard.

“I was really pleased that we kept going and to score 70 points against anybody, you have to be pleased but there is plenty of scope for us to improve.”

Five tries in the first half from Tommy Taylor, Elliot Daly, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Matt Symons and Christian Wade saw Wasps lead 37-3 at the break.

Further scores from Ashley Johnson (2), Danny Cipriani, Wade and Daly continued the rout in the second period, but Bristol were able to grab three of their own after the restart via Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie and Gaston Cortes.

And director of rugby Andy Robinson confirmed afterwards he did ask his Bristol side to chase the losing bonus point in the second half.

He said: “You can learn a little bit from it but ultimately it is about being able to control the football and look after it, and make sure your defensive line is constantly making good decisions when it is stretched.

“Today we made a couple of disappointing decisions where we were giving them too much space on the outside and good sides exploit that space.

“We said at half-time that it was vital for us to see if we could chase the bonus point and we weren’t able to do that. But the endeavour to do that was good and we scored two tries from lineouts and one really good attack.

“We know we are going to get days like this and I said to the squad after the game that if you stick together and keep working hard then you will turn this around.”

Wasps: Miller (Eastmond 49); Wade (Bassett 57), Daly, Gopperth, Halai; Cipriani, Simpson (Hampson 57); McIntyre (Mullan 51), Taylor (Johnson 41), Cooper-Woolley (Swainston 57), Symons (Myall 49), Gaskell, Rieder, Young, Thompson (Hughes 37)

Bristol: Williams; Edwards, Hurrell (Mosses 8-14 & 66), Palamo, Varndell; Pisi (Jarvis 69), Cliff (Roberts 49); Bevington (Tonga’uiha 28), McMillan (Brooker 49), Perenise (Cortes 69), Evans (Phillips 49), Joyce, Lam (Crane 59), Robinson, Eadie


Tries: Taylor, Daly (2), Cooper-Woolley, Symons, Wade (2), Johnson (2), Cipriani

Con: Gopperth (7)

Pen: Gopperth (2)

Bristol Rugby

Tries: Lam, Eadie, Cortes

Cons: Pisi, Jarvis

Pen: Pisi

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Attendance: 12,280

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