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Hanks not happy after draw

Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks left his players in no doubt as to his anger at not collecting four points from an exciting 29-29 draw with Harlequins.

Hanks accused his players of losing their composure when, he felt, they could have seen off their oldest rivals in this Aviva Premiership clash.

"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," said Hanks.

"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."

A little happier was Wales number eight Andy Powell, not mentioned in the match programme, but scorer of a 23rd-minute try on his Wasps debut.

Powell, banned for driving a golf buggy down the M4 hard shoulder as a post match prank, said: "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.

"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."

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