Dan Robson: Game management was critical factor in Wasps' European win

Date: 19 Dec 2017


Dan Robson was chosen to receive an impressive glass trophy as the Heineken man-of-the-match in Wasps’ crucial pool one European Champions Cup win over La Rochelle.

The scrum half posed a continual threat to the visitors’ fringe defence, and also mixed his game to good effect in a contest which he said was won by a combination of good preparation and a committed performance.

“I thought we bossed it physically this week,” he said.

“Last week they came with a game plan and we didn't deal with it as well as we wanted to. So this week we did a lot of analysis, took a good plan into the game and defensively I thought we were excellent.

“We wanted to show what we can do at home defensively, then turn that into attack and I thought we did it well.”

La Rochelle’s offloading game really impressed on the Atlantic Coast, but seven days on in difficult, damp conditions Robson believes his team’s game management was the key factor.

“I thought Danny Cipriani and I controlled the game well where we needed to,” he said.

“But with the pack fronting up massively and doing such a good job, it was made a lot easier for us.

“If we had lost today it would have been over, so while it was disappointing to not get the bonus point, the main thing today was to get the four points that keeps us alive.

“It was a really good performance today, but there's always room for improvement. 

“Gloucester next week is a huge game for us and in the Premiership we've got a big few weeks ahead.”

Statistics (Wasps/La Rochelle)

General:
Metres made: 398/355
Possession: 47/53%
Territory: 49/51%
Scrums won: 11/6
Scrums lost: 0/0
Lineouts won: 14/13
Lineouts lost: 1/2
Pens and FK’s Conceded: 10/12

Attack:
Clean breaks: 7/5
Defenders beaten: 21/16
Offloads: 8/8

Top performers:

Wasps: Dan Robson (64 metres made), (Nathan Hughes 15 carries), (Christian Wade 5 defenders beaten)

La Rochelle: Pierre Bourgarit (64 metres made), (Rene Ranger 11 carries), Afaesetiti Amosa (4 defenders beaten)

Half back options: Kick 21/18, Pass 77/93, Run 10/10

Defence:

Tackles: 141/84
Tackle completion: 89/74%
Turnovers conceded: 15/15

Top performers:

Wasps: Thomas Young (20 tackles)