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Simpson impressed by maturing Lozowski

Andy Goode has ruled the roost at Adams Park since his arrival last season but scrum-half Joe Simpson admits that in Alex Lozowski Wasps may have unearthed his successor.

Lozowski, who joined from Yorkshire Carnegie over the summer, started back-to-back LV= Cup games over the last fortnight and won his fair share of admirers.

A 23-point showing in last weekend’s victory over London Irish especially demonstrated his capabilities of lightening Goode’s load this season.

That load grew when Scotland international Ruaridh Jackson – also brought in this summer – tore his anterior cruciate ligament in September, prompting a lengthy lay-off.

And Simpson was pleased to see Lowoski prove that Jackson’s injury woes have not left Wasps stretched to the bare bones at fly-half.

“He has only just come back from a little niggly hammy and it was good to see him put together back-to-back performances and play well in both,” said the scrum-half.

“What he did show was improved game management so it is good to know that he is learning so quickly.

“That (injury) was gutting for Ruaridh and for the club. He looked really promising and someone who can really take over from Goodey.

“Hopefully we will see more of him in a Wasps shirt, but it’s nice to know that we have got back up and that we have got a young lad who could step up to the plate.”

But for Simpson that wasn’t the only positive to come out of victory over London Irish, with young No.9 Tom Bliss also showing that Wasps’ depth is formidable.

And a confidence-boosting victory, in which Simpson replaced Bliss in the second half, has Dai Young’s side in good spirits ahead of London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership Rugby visit on Saturday.

“There were some good performances in there and a couple of the young lads really put their hands up,” he added. “It was good to see them play and get some game time and experience what top class rugby is all about.

“I thought Bliss did well when he was on and when I came on I was lucky enough to be on with some quite big ball carriers.

“With that extra bit of bulk we managed to blow them away in the last 30 minutes. It was nice to get on the front foot.”

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