Match Reaction: Lee Blackett post Exeter Chiefs
Backs Coach Lee Blackett was clearly frustrated with the outcome, but appreciated how well Exeter played and the way the young Wasps side continued to toil till the end.
“We are disappointed with the result. We’ve played enough against this club to know how good of an outfit they are. They have massive strength in-depth, whatever Exeter team you play against, you know it is going to be a strong one, especially when they are down here playing at home. I think the effort was there throughout from us, you can’t really fault it. All of the coaching staff are pretty happy with the way that they dug in and finished the game strongly in the second half.”
Having been down 33-5 at half time, Wasps rallied after the break conceding just three more tries, something that pleased Blackett.
“I’m pretty proud of the way that we reacted second half. We were a bit disappointed first half. Structurally and defensively we were pretty good, we just made a couple of individual errors. You’ve got to give Exeter a lot of credit I thought they were outstanding on the day and they took their chances really well. When individuals made errors, they seemed to take those opportunities.”
Despite the defeat there were positives to come out of the game, including valuable match experience for youngsters and some pleasing elements in attack. Blackett pointed to finishing as one of the major differences between the two sides.
"We were happy with how many opportunities we created again, we’ve just got to finish those opportunities. Exeter took their opportunities, whereas we didn’t. Again you’ve got to give credit to Exeter for the way that they scrambled back in defence. The big difference today was just how clinical Exeter were when they got down into our territory.
“We had a lot of young guys out there, we had guys who have recently come in from outside the club and four guys that were playing for Wasps’ Under 18s last week. I think it was great to get those guys out there. Especially coming to Sandy Park, to see how difficult it is. It provides a real eye-opener for them about how tough that next level is. We are disappointed with the result, but we knew where we were, with the age of most of the squad that it wasn’t going to be easy. To their credit I thought a lot of the young lads stuck to it till the end today.”
Wasps next take on Ospreys at the Ricoh Arena next Sunday (February 5), kick-off 3.00pm and tickets are still available to purchase online here.