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Post Match Reaction: Stephen Jones

Attack Coach Stephen Jones gives his reaction to the loss at Kingsholm in the final round of the LV=Cup.

Wasps went down to a particularly damning scoreline against Gloucester and Stephen Jones said that everyone was very disappointed with the display.

“It was a pretty poor performance from us across the board. We were unrecognisable from the team we have been in the last three months and that is a huge frustration and disappointment for everyone involved. It’s as simple as that.”

“Our continuity was poor today. We did ask questions and we got a little bit of reward but we then turned the ball over and that is a huge frustration. We need to build ourselves into a game, especially when playing at home and we didn’t do that.”

Wasps gifted Gloucester three early scores that set the tone for the rest of the game and Jones said he had to give credit to the hosts for the way they played but that he was more concerned with his own side’s display.

“Gloucester played very well; they played smart, they put us under a lot of pressure, played in the right areas, took advantage of their opportunities and we were up against it early doors. I have to look at things from our point of view and we weren’t as accurate as we have been, we weren’t as efficient in our play and those are the things that we have to work on.”

Jones was keen to highlight the performance of young winger Tom Howe as one of the positives to take away from the game.

“From a backline perspective it is great to see a young eighteen year old play so well on the wing. He didn’t have as much to do in attack today as he or we would have liked but he was very impressive in defence. Seeing young guys performing well is exactly what we want.”

“There were some other good individual performances in the team, the likes of Sam Jones who you can always rely on and some impressive bits of play from Ashley Johnson but we need everyone to be pulling in the same direction and a team performance is what we need, especially in the next four weeks with some big games coming up.”

Wasps must pick themselves up ahead of four big games as they return to the Aviva Premiership, starting next weekend with a trip to The Stoop where they will face Harlequins.