Richards rues missed opportunity


Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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Dean Richards believes Newcastle let a win slip out of their grasp after overseeing a 23-23 Aviva Premiership draw with Wasps at Kingston Park.

The Falcons’ director of rugby watched his side score three tries and lead 23-16 with 16 minutes left only to concede a third try to Wasps four minutes later.

Richards’ men had to settle for a draw in front of their second biggest home crowd of the season – 7,547.

The crowd’s celebrations after Juan Pablo Socino’s try were cut short when Elliot Daly superbly offloaded for Guy Thompson to score and Andy Goode knocked over the conversion to set up a tense finish.

“I think we’re frustrated because we gifted them three tries,” said Richards.

“We’re going in the right direction but we have to learn to shut other sides down as well as being able to score tries.

“It was a win lost rather than a draw gained in my eyes. We don’t seem to have the patience in defence that we have in attack and we will talk about that, but there were a lot of positives from the game.

“The boys know where they have to improve and will work on that but they can also look at the fact they scored three tries against the side with the best defensive record in the league.”

There were six tries in all and Wasps director of rugby Dai Young feels his side were lucky to escape with a draw.

“Getting two points is obviously better than a loss,” he said. “We probably just about deserved the draw, we certainly didn’t deserve a win.

“We made a very poor start and for most of the game we were very sloppy and didn’t build much pressure.

“A couple of individual moments of magic from Elliot Daly kept us in the game, but as a team we didn’t function as well as we have for most of the season.

“We made a lot of handling errors, six or seven in that first half and there were a lot of loose passes and we really failed to get going.

“I’m taking nothing away from the Falcons. They played really well and took their chances and deserved a draw if not something more.

“So we’re happy to have two points I suppose, but I’m disappointed in the way we played.”

Published: Saturday 21st February 2015 by The News Editor

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