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Match Reaction: Wasps 9 Newcastle Falcons 8


Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admits his charges made life difficult for themselves on their way to securing a nail-biting victory over Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena.

The scores were locked at 3-3 at half-time, Jimmy Gopperth and former Wasps fly-half Andy Goode each landing a penalty – though the latter did miss two.

Nili Latu crossed over for the Falcons in the second half but Goode missed the conversion and two Gopperth penalties eventually saw Wasps over the line.

However, that was not before they saw two tries chalked off for infringements in the build-up, as frustrations almost derailed their pursuit of victory.

"It was a typical Wasps effort as we seem to have to win games three times over and then try and find four ways of throwing it away," Young said.

"We squandered a couple of opportunities and the conditions made it a very tight game but those conditions don't suit us as we want to play with tempo.

"We have to be smarter than that, especially in the last few minutes, and we were lucky to come out on the right side.

"I thought with two minutes to go, it had an Andy Goode drop-goal to win it on the cards but fortunately he wasn't able to spoil the party."

Newcastle, who had climbed off the bottom of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table last weekend with victory over Harlequins, almost won it at the death themselves.

However, with Goode in position to take on a last-gasp drop-goal, the ball was knocked on before he could get his hands on it, allowing Wasps to clear their lines and breathe a deep sigh of relief.

And Falcons assistant coach Dave Walder believes his side were unlucky not to pick up just their second away win in Aviva Premiership Rugby since October 2013.

"Andy was unlucky as gusts of wind took the ball away from the posts,” he said.

"We are hugely disappointed as we were controlling the nothingness and Wasps were getting frustrated in that second half.

"We need to be more clinical but will learn from it, but getting a point out of the game was a positive as Wasps are one of the form teams of the Premiership and a few weeks ago, they put 50 points on Leinster."
Wasps: Miller; Wade, Macken, Downey (Piutau 64), Bassett; Gopperth, Robson; McIntyre (Mullan 62), Shervington (Johnson 56), Cooper-Woolley; Gaskell (Cannon 3), Myall; Rieder, Young (Smith 56), Hughes
Replacements not used: Swainston, Stevenson, Jackson
Newcastle Falcons: Hammersley; Tait, Powell, Socino, Venditti; Goode, Young; Vickers, Lawson (McGuigan 56), Vea (Ryan 73); Wilson, Robinson; Welch, Latu, Hogg
Replacements not used: Rogers, Botha, Mayhew, Takalua, Willis, Watson
Penalties: Gopperth 3
Newcastle Falcons:
Tries: Latu
Penalties: Goode
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Attendance: 12,392

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