Hanks: We let down the fans
January 15, 2011
Glasgow's Colin Gregor carries the ball into a shrinking gap against Wasps © PA Photos
Wasps coach Tony Hanks was left "supremely disappointed" after watching his side turned in a poor performance in the 20-10 Heineken Cup defeat in Glasgow.
Wasps' chances of advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition now hanging by a thread Hanks was left to ruse his side's abject showing. Hanks sees his side trailing Pool 6 leaders and holders Toulouse by six points after failing to take a bonus point against Glasgow. Wasps face Toulouse at home next Sunday and Hanks knows it is a tall order to qualify.
He said: "We've made it very difficult to get through; we're most likely going to have to rely on other results. We've let down the fans that came up to Glasgow. There's a good crowd coming to next week's match, at the minimum we have to respond for them.
"I've said to the players that we can't sit around sulking, we have to front up next week. We came to win, full of ambition. Bad days come along and today we timed a poor day really badly. But I don't want to take anything away from Glasgow who are a good, well coached side."
Referring to the fact that Glasgow's hopes of qualifying had already gone Hanks said: "You know what 'playing for pride' means."
Glasgow's success came at the end of a testing period where they had an extended visit to Toulouse because of travel difficulties caused by bad weather followed by an away game at Munster. Glasgow lost narrowly to Munster in a game much influenced by the referee and coach Sean Lineen chose to link those events to his side's win today.
He said: "It's been a challenging month and a bit. You can feel sorry for yourself or make something happen - the Glasgow players chose the latter. The players kept the faith and got their reward today."
Lineen had words of praise for his pack that gave Wasps a difficult time.
"That platform allowed scrum half Colin Gregor (Glasgow's try-scorer) to get better and better," he said.
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