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Hanks delighted by Wasps' response

Tony Hanks

Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks hailed his side's character after they returned to winning ways with a 17-8 victory at struggling Leeds.

Scrum-half Joe Simpson scored a superb try five minutes before the break to help the visitors into a slender 7-3 interval lead following a low-quality opening 40 minutes. Flanker Tom Rees burrowed his way over for a second shortly after the restart and, although Leeds hit back through Luther Burrell, they could not find a way back.

Hanks said: "Wasps don't lose games like that last week (a 37-10 defeat at home to Northampton) and emotionally it took a lot out of us. The guys have taken a bit of a battering but they are their own biggest critics. They've looked at themselves in the mirror and thought 'we need to be better than that as a team'. I'm pleased with the way we responded but it has to be a stepping stone towards greater consistency."

The hosts, who are bottom of the table, created precious little against an understrength Wasps side missing Simon Shaw, Dave Walder, Ben Jacobs, Rikki Flutey and Richard Haughton.

Leeds director of rugby Andy Key said: "We had little to show for all our possession and that's probably come down to a lot of unforced errors and mistakes a crucial times.

"It really is difficult to put our finger on why these things are happening, because they have to change if we are to get our first win.

"We fancied our chances massively but we also knew Wasps were coming off the back of a bad defeat against Northampton.

"We knew that they would be coming here to compete hard and you could see that at the breakdown."