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No comfort for Young in defeat

Wasps head coach Dai Young took little comfort from the fightback staged by his players in the 24-21 defeat to Saracens in the LV= Cup.

Wasps looked out of it when trailing 24-7 but two converted tries from Neil Cochrane and Ben Jacobs saw Saracens hanging on grimly in the final stages.

"The team showed plenty of heart and spirit to stage that comeback but I'm hugely disappointed with our performance," said Young.

"The ball was turned over by us 16 times, there were 13 handling errors and there will be no taps on the back for the players from the coaching staff. Saracens made far less mistakes and they deserved to win."

Saracens scored four tries through Richard Barrington, Jack Wilson, Ben Ransom and Nick Tompkins to collect a bonus point and at 24-7 they looked certain winners but they fell away badly against a rejuvenated Wasps.

Saracens' assistant coach Alex Sanderson said: " The wheels fell off at the end, we slipped off a few tackles and our set piece didn't function in the way that it should.

"However, certain parts of our game were encouraging but there are certain things which need to be fixed.

"Our game was to put pressure on their kickers, which we did and we capitalised on that."

Saracens now face Scarlets at home next Sunday with Sanderson optimistic of his club making progress in the competition.

He said: "We have a much stronger LV= squad than in recent seasons.

"It's a competition we've never won and we'd like to win it as winning gives the club great momentum."

Both Young and Sanderson commented on the debate concerning England's right wing position with Wasps' Christian Wade being ruled out of the Argentina game through injury to allow Saracens' Chris Ashton to retain his place.

Young said: "I'm absolutely gutted for Christian; he overcame his disappointment on not being selected last week to score two stunning tries against Gloucester.

"I think his injury will only keep him out for two to three days so hopefully he will be back in contention for next Saturday."

Sanderson praised his man by saying: "At the club, we are really surprised that Chris (Ashton) is being considered to be dropped.

"He is one of the fittest members of our squad, he has addressed certain areas of his game and his work rate is second to none."

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