Edwards hails Wasps' spirit
September 18, 2010
Wasps wing Richard Haughton scores the winner © Getty Images
Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards has hailed his side's resilience after they came back from 30-18 down to defeat Leicester at Adams Park on Saturday.
The Tigers had stormed ahead in the first-half thanks to some woeful Wasps defence, scoring four tries, but under the guidance of fly-half Dave Walder the home side were able to right the ship in the second period.
"Our defence first-half was poor but it was very good in the second. We said at the break that we can go out there and win that game," Edwards said. "With our fly-half David Walder on that form we made sure we did not go out there and try big plays in the second-half but play sensibly.
"Mark van Gisbergen has some work to do in terms of defence as a result of that missed tackle for one of their tries, but then he made a try-saving tackle earlier, as he has often done. I told the boys to be calm and not chase things too much but get our defence solid and build our way back."
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill maintained a calm exterior despite seeing his side slip to their second defeat in the opening three games of the season. Wasps' comeback was completed in the closing moments as Richard Haughton capitalised on a mistake from Tigers skipper Geordan Murphy.
"The second-half performance was disappointing and while I seem calm, I'm angry inside," he said. "We did take two points from the game, but we should have had five. We could go home all doom and gloom and sulk, but on the other hand we played some tremendous stuff in the first-half. We had opportunities but we coughed up ball and made mistakes.
"Then at the end, a mistake by Geordan, sees them score a try and he's feeling down. But that guy has won more games for us than he has lost and will get our full support. We did suffer from losing Jeremy Staunton at half-time with an Achilles injury, which left us with two young lads in the key play-making areas. But all the players will be the better from this experience."
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