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U18s lose out to Quins

The London Wasps Academy U18 side suffered their second defeat of this season’s campaign, losing 19-28 to Harlequins on Saturday.

Academy Coach Chris Lloyd reports from the game:

“It was very clear at the game on Saturday that we have taken a very different approach to Quins in terms of the Academy U18 fixtures. We set out at the start of the games, stressing that the development of the players was paramount, regardless of the result. This has been evident in the way we have played the games; not kicking penalties at goal or using a catch and drive at the lineouts.

"It is true that the way we have set out to play in this academy league does almost tie one arm behind our own back in regard to the results, but we do that for the sake of development. It means that we can only really score through playing good rugby with and without the ball.”

“Once again we scored some wonderful tries and that is very pleasing. However, our approach does mean we must also defend well, control territory and manage our own possession effectively to stay in or win the games and we didn’t really do those things well enough to back up our excellent tries.”

“It was a disappointing loss and we can have no arguments with the result. However, it is important to keep what we do well in focus as well as it finished 3 tries each. However, that shouldn’t stop us also reflecting realistically on other aspects of our game, as in all honesty they probably should have had a couple more tries. We simply didn’t perform in certain aspects on the night.

“We have a great group of players and we will all look at why that was and endeavour to put some things right together.”

“Our set-piece again went very well and that is something we can definitely build upon next week.
The first half was one try each but that was probably not a fair reflection of the rugby, as they had those 3 kicks at goal to go in at the break well ahead simply because they had us under pressure for long periods when we could neither control possession or hold the gain line. As a result, our discipline cracked at both ends of the field.”

“Credit where it is due; I felt Chisholm was outstanding all evening, allowing them to flood forward onto good quality go forward ball. Also, their back row as a unit caused us problems on our own ball and made our breakdown a mess which never really allowed us any movement in our attacking game.”

“We could talk about the technical and tactical aspects at length but that is to misunderstand some fundamentals of the game. The issues for us in the game were that they had two big ball carriers and were very committed at the breakdown - we didn’t cope with either of those challenges particularly well and we must in the future.”

“We are a young side and it is clear from what the lads said afterwards they understand the issues. Now we need to put the understanding into practice on the pitch.”

“We go down to Sandy Park to play Exeter next week, which is a challenge in itself but we can enjoy getting on with putting things into practice straight away against one of the best teams in the conference and produce a performance down that is a credit to the lads.”

“The 1st team win in the evening cheered us all up and it is clear the rugby at the club is really making progress. I am sure some of these players will go on to help keep that momentum up.”


0-3 Penalty Harlequins
5-3 Try Wasps Dan Barnes
7-3 Conversion Wasps Louis Clayton-Molloy
7-6 Penalty Harlequins
7-9 Penalty Harlequins
7-14 Try Harlequins
7-16 Conversion Harlequins

Half Time

12-16 Try Wasps Tom Howe
12- 21 Try Harlequins
12-23 Conversion Harlequins
12-28 Try Harlequins
17-28 Try Wasps Joel Harvey
19-28 Conversion Wasps Alex Harrison

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