Match Reaction: Brad Davis post Cardiff Blues

Defence Coach Brad Davis gives his reaction to the 45-42 loss to Cardiff Blues in the LV=Cup.

After the game Davis was clearly disappointed with the way his side gave away a commanding lead to allow Cardiff to sneak the win in the final play as he gave a quite damning assessment of the side’s second half performance.

“Firstly, you have to credit Cardiff and the way they played in that second 40 minutes to keep that enthusiasm, belief and excitement to come away with a win in the final play of the game. We are obviously very disappointed though with our performance. 

“To score 42 points at home and be on the losing side tells the story really. What we did with ball in hand was good but defensively we just weren’t good enough. Defensively we weren’t at the races and that’s something I’m going to have to look at and put right.

Asked if the timing of the substitutions was a factor in the result, Davis admitted there may have been a ‘swing in there’ but made it clear that the players who came on should have been more than capable of maintaining the standard.

“There was probably a bit of a swing in there, taking of some of our more senior players but, with the lead we had at half time we should have been good enough to build on that lead. We couldn’t really put any phases of pressure together, we had a lot of turnover ball in that second 40 and if you do make those errors and then aren’t prepared to defend well you are going to be on the wrong end.  Cardiff definitely grew into the game and we allowed them to do that. 

“To give up our winning record at the Ricoh Arena, considering the position we were in was extremely disappointing. The support from the people who came out to watch the game was brilliant. To have nine to ten thousand people come out for an LV=Cup fixture, considering the corresponding fixture last season has an attendance of just over five thousand, was phenomenal. 

“That’s testament to all the hard work by the staff behind the scenes and the people of Coventry, who have really got behind us. That makes it even more disappointing that we served up that second 40 minutes of rugby, which really wasn’t good enough.

Next weekend Wasps travel to Franklin’s Gardens were they will round off their LV=Cup campaign against Northampton Saints and Davis said that the game provides his side with a great opportunity to regain some momentum.

“Next weekend is a great opportunity for this group of players and others who I’m sure will come into the side to prepare for the fixture the week after and give us some momentum going back into the Aviva Premiership.”