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Match Reaction

London Wasps forwards coach Trevor Woodman gives his reaction to the loss to Northampton.

In a tough game, which the home side dominated throughout, Woodman said it was a difficult night for some young and new Wasps faces.

“We had to field players today that we needed to have a look at. Players like Vlad and Victor just arrived at the Club this week so we needed to get them out there and see what they could offer. We will lose Victor for a week now to Russian duty but he showed a lot of positive signs today, but there weren’t many others to take out of the game. They had a side full of experience out there and we made it awfully easy for them. They didn’t have to work for the ball at all, we just coughed it up too much, and with the quality players they had it was difficult to defend. When it got beyond 60 minutes we ran out of steam from the sheer amount of defending we had to do.”

Woodman however says he doesn’t expect the two LV=Cup losses in the past two weeks to affect the players confidence going back into four vital Aviva Premiership games.

“If you look at today’s team and when you look at next week’s team I think it will be significantly different so I don’t believe there will be a hang-up for the guys coming back in from this loss. They will want to improve our form in the league and with guys coming back in like Nick Robinson, who got some time today, and Marco Wentzel, who we haven’t seen in a few weeks, the quality of the team will certainly improve. Our last game with the strongest possible squad together was against Bordeaux which was a good result for us so we’ll be taking the positives from that and moving on.”

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