Match Reaction: Lee Blackett post Connacht

Lee Blackett gives his reaction as Wasps beat Connacht 40-22 in the final game of the 2017/18 pre-season schedule.

Wasps finished off their preparations for the new season with a comeback win over Connacht at the Ricoh Arena, where they scored five second half tries. 

After the game, Lee Blackett said there were lots of positives from the win but there was still plenty for the side to work on: 

"We obviously made far too many errors, that was the frustrating thing but it’s been a tough six days of training and obviously last week’s game versus Ulster, so it was good to get over the line in the end. There’s plenty of positives but there’s plenty to work on.

"The main positive is the second-half performance. The belief and the way we fought back into the game. We respected the ball a lot more second-half. I thought there were some great defensive performances out there as well. It was a collective at times, most of the time we defended really well. Overall it was pleasing to get the win and we know we’re going to have to be a lot better next week against Sale.

"The scrum’s been really positive the last two weeks, we’ve won plenty of penalties. The difference in games means we probably would have taken the three points if it had been a Premiership or European game but we backed ourselves and went to the corner. 


"Accuracy is the big thing for us. We felt in the first-half we never gave ourselves a chance. We coughed up the ball too much. The coaches at half-time didn’t have much to say in terms of attacking at all apart from look after the ball because we struggled to string three or four passes together that often."

Wasps move onto the regular season next Saturday as they welcome Sale Sharks to the Ricoh Arena, and Blackett said the boys will enjoy a well-deserved rest before preparing well for a tough first test. 

"After tomorrow, when the boys will do their own recovery away from the club, we’re then back in Friday and we’ll start preparing for Sale straight away. Thankfully we have two days off at the weekend because they need the recovery, it’s been a tough six days and next week it's all goes then. At this moment in time we know whereabouts we are, there’s been some really good performances and it will be a tough selection for Sale." 

Wasps host Sale Sharks on the opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 2 September, kick off 3pm. Tickets for the season opener are on sale at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets