Match Reaction post Ospreys

Date: 11 Nov 2017

Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury gives his reaction following the 36-12 win over Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in the Anglo Welsh Cup.

Following the game, in which Wasps scored five tries to record a bonus-point win over Ospreys and get their Anglo Welsh Cup campaign back on track, Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury said he was pleased with the way the side reacted in tough conditions.

“I’m glad I ordered the rain because we seemed to thrive on those conditions out there! Five tries away from home and a bonus-point win, that’s the club’s biggest away win of the season so we’re pleased in there. 

“Ospreys definitely came back at us, they tried a few different things and tried to mix up the tempo and a with few crossfield kicks but we were pleased with how we reacted. It’s always going to be difficult in conditions like that, there are going to be errors, dropped balls and a few missed tackles, but we were pleased. 

“A lot of players have been given opportunities to play in these last two weeks, whether that was making their debut, increasing their game time or getting themselves back from injury. That was especially important for those guys who will be in contention as we go back into the Premiership and Europe.

“We started the game very well, started playing well with a high tempo and good ambition, but it was when Ospreys started to apply pressure to us when we gave penalties away and that was something we talked about at half time and the guys reacted well to that.”

The side featured a large number of academy players as well as a number of first team regulars, and Pendlebury said that the young guys involved would take a lot from the two Anglo Welsh Cup games.

“I think they’ll take an awful lot from the two games. Today was very different from last weekend’s game, just playing in these conditions this evening means that it was a completely different experience, playing with some of the ball we had in the positions we were in was different, so they’ve had two very different games and that can only be a good thing for the young guys. 

“A lot of it is in the game management, the step up from schoolboy or national league rugby to Championship and from there into the Premiership, and that is the learning that they will have to go through.”

As Wasps move back into the Aviva Premiership next weekend, they press pause on the Anglo Welsh Cup until January, and Pendlebury said he was looking forward to returning to the Cup campaign when it recommences in two months’ time.

“I’m looking forward to it. It allows Wasps to be competing across three different competitions and allows us to keep the momentum of this group going. We have some good strength in depth in a number of positions and there are a few guys who have used this as an opportunity to be pushing for spaces.”