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Young admits Wasps looked shaky

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted his side were far from at their best, despite their 35-18 victory over struggling Newcastle.

Tom Varndell scored two tries with James Gaskell and Rob Miller grabbing one apiece as the Londoners picked up a bonus-point win to go up to fifth.

The hosts, for whom Miller also added a single conversion, with Andy Goode kicking three penalties and two conversions, played well only in patches, though.

Young said: "I didn't think we were inspiring, as parts of our game were messy. We were looking shaky at times and, if you give the opposition five or six opportunities close to our line, they are going to score.

"Newcastle are a very hard team to put away. All credit to them as they battled to the end, but we could only get a bonus-point win from this game and that's what we've got so I'm satisfied."

Wasps' Ashley Johnson provided two try-scoring passes and was the stand-out performer, the young flanker winning praise from his boss.

Young added: "Ashley was deservedly man of the match. He's been outstanding all season and is a real talisman for us. He never stops talking on the pitch and comes up with some outstanding plays."

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards was unhappy with the award of Varndell's second try.

He said: "It had a massive impact on the game. Alex Rogers' try was ruled out by the TMO and then immediately afterwards they score when there is a blatant forward pass from Ashley Johnson to Varndell. It's a massive turnaround and a 14-point swing in the game.

"You don't get anything when you are near the bottom of the league."

Newcastle battled hard throughout, but could only manage two tries through lively scrum-half Ruki Tipuna and a penalty-try award late on. Juan Pablo Socino kicked two penalties and a conversion, with Rory Clegg also kicking a conversion.

It was Newcastle's 20th consecutive loss in the Aviva Premiership, but Richards is adamant that his side are improving.

"We lost the game because we made too many individual errors and it cost us dear," he said. "Last season our aim was to avoid relegation, which we did, but we scored only one try in our first five or six games. This season we are scoring tries which is a good thing."


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