Hanks disappointed with draw
September 4, 2010
Wasps lock Simon Shaw is tackled by Chris Robshaw during a bruising encounter at Twickenham © PA Photos
A late penalty from Mark van Gisbergen saw Wasps claim a 29-29 draw with Harlequins on Saturday but coach Tony Hanks was less than impressed with his side's performance in the Aviva Premiership Double Header at Twickenham.
Wasps led by seven points at three separate points in the game but just could not put Quins away, much to Hanks' disappointment.
"We were good for a while, but then got bogged down during the second half and did not show composure under pressure and did not respect the ball enough," he said.
"By our standards, that performance was not good enough. Yes, we start the season with two points and showed character to come back when they seemed to have nicked it late on. But we came here to win a rugby match, and at one point in the game we were ahead and in control."
Wasps' new No.8 Andy Powell marked his debut with a first-half try but he too cut a frustrated figure at the full-time whistle.
"I know I should be really thrilled, but while scoring was a great start to my Wasps career, I'm disappointed we did not win as we had control of the game for crucial periods," he said.
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"It's an amazing experience, the double header, and you usually only play in front of 75,000 crowds at Test level. I think we left a win behind us there, but we'll take all the positives from the performance."
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea, meanwhile, was far happier with a share of the spoils, even though his side had been three points ahead with five minutes to play.
"The players put a huge amount into that game, which is nothing less than you would expect," he said. "I'm concerned that we got penalised a lot at the breakdown, and that is something we have to analyse. But we also came under a lot of pressure and the guys stood firm much if the time. In the end, it was a very good day."
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