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Mixed emotions for Hanks

Wasps kept their Heineken Cup quarter-final hopes alive by subduing Newport Gwent Dragons - but rugby director Tony Hanks admitted he was left concerned by a poor performance.

Tries from backs Ben Jacobs, David Lemi and Tom Varndell underpinned a 23-16 Pool Six success at Cardiff City Stadium. It was Wasps' fifth successive win in all competitions and leaves them just two points behind group favourites and Heineken Cup holders Toulouse.

"The performance was not at a level we would expect," said Hanks.

Wasps had to defend for most of the second half, with the Dragons seeing two tries ruled out by television match official Iain Ramage.

Hanks continued: "We defended a lot more in the second half than we would have liked, and we made some poor decisions. Our performance, in general, concerned me.

"The Dragons forced some errors, but I lost count of how many high balls we dropped. We didn't seem to have that spark about us.

"We knew the Dragons would come at us - away wins in the Heineken Cup are tough - and we will need to improve (in the return fixture) next week. The Dragons will not roll over.

"It is about our standards, and when you fall a bit short of those, there is obvious disappointment.

"Our turnover count was too high, and they put a lot of pressure on us around the breakdown. They really had a crack at us."


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