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Match Reaction: Wasps 71 London Welsh 7

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insists the killer instinct demonstrated by his side in their demolition of London Welsh shows they are a match for any Aviva Premiership Rugby team.

Wasps celebrated their 131st and final league game at Adams Park before moving to Coventry by running in 11 tries during a 71-7 triumph over the Exiles.

Christian Wade and Ashley Johnson bagged themselves a hat-trick apiece while Nathan Hughes crossed the whitewash twice as Sailosi Tagicakibau, Joe Simpson and Tom Varndell also got in on the act.

Wasps men now lie fifth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table as they gear up for a trip to Sandy Park to face the second-placed Exeter Chiefs next weekend.

And Young admits that avoiding the potential banana skin presented by winless London Welsh gives him confidence ahead of that game.

“We were really nervous coming into this week and anyone who spoke to me in the week would have seen that,” he said.

“In the past we haven't responded well to games we were expected to win but today from the word go the attitude was excellent and the really pleasing factor was we kept it going for 80 minutes.

“I’m really pleased with the players – I said to them in the week that they had to prove they had a killer instinct and we did that today.

“If we play like we did today I think we’ll cause any team problems.” 

Welsh remain rooted to the foot of the league table with just a solitary point despite back-row forward Ben Pienaar earning them the scantest of consolations with a 59th minute try.

It doesn’t get any easier for them as they next face a resurgent Leicester Tigers where they will be hoping to add to the single losing bonus point they claimed against Bath Rugby in round two.

And assistant coach Ollie Smith claims that, while they will try to pick some positives from the performance at a later date, there is little to encourage his side for the time being.

“There aren’t really any positives we can take out of this game at the moment,” he said. “Of course, when we look through the game there will be.

“We got a try – it may sound ridiculous but it was a well-worked try. We know as coaches that we keep making the same mistakes as we have done in recent weeks.

“We’re struggling but it’s definitely not from a lack of effort. Wasps were impressive and they were just relentless.

“They were big and physical and we couldn’t match them in that aspect. At the end we conceded some very soft tries which is disappointing as a group but the damage was already done by then.”
 
Wasps: Miller; Wade, Daly (Varndell 62), Bell, Tagicakibau; Goode (Lozowski 62), Simpson (Bliss 64); McIntyre (Yapp 62), Shervington (Lindsay 51), Cooper-Woolley (Cittadini 10), Cannon (Myall 53), Gaskell, Johnson, Haskell, Hughes (Jones 53).

London Welsh: Jewell; Stegmann (Lewis 77), Reynolds, May, Scott (Awcock 31); Robinson, Lewis (Rowley 70); Henn (Cahill 2), Britton (Vella 70), Vea (Cooper 67), Corker (Pienaar 55), Down, Browne, McCaffrey, Hala’ufia (Fonua 30).
Not used: Ross 
 
Scorers
 
Wasps
Tries: Hughes 2, Johnson 3, Tagicakibau, Wade 3, Simpson, Varndell,
Conversions: Goode 6, Lozowski 2
 
London Welsh
Tries: Pienaar
Conversions: Robinson
 
Referee: Tom Foley
Attendance: 5,842

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