Opposition view: Lack of cohesion cost Wasps against Saints, says Blackett

Head coach Lee Blackett feels a lack of cohesion rather than a lack of confidence is costing his Wasps side right now.

By Tom Vickers
Monday, 14th March 2022, 11:37 am
Lee Blackett
Lee Blackett

The Coventry-based outfit were beaten 27-22 by Saints at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday afternoon.

Wasps, who have now lost three games in a row, refused to go quietly, staying in the game until the end.

But ultimately a bonus-point score from Courtnall Skosan proved to be the difference between two teams who had entered the game sitting level on 43 points in the Gallagher Premiership.

"I was really happy with the first 20 minutes, I thought we controlled it, we were unlucky to have a disallowed try as well,” Blackett said.

"First 20 minutes, everything went our way, the intent was there, and then we just lost a bit of momentum, we had two where we kicked out on the full.

"We then get turned over on the breakdown on the counter attack, before you know it, we were gifting them field position. They took control going in.

"I thought we scrambled pretty well to go in just 12-10 down. I like to think we could've deserved more out of the first 20 minutes, we should've been up even more, but we didn't.

"Then the second half I thought was a little bit scrappy. We lost too much in and around the breakdown, knock-ons in and around there, it cost us in the end.

"A couple of errors knocked the stuffing out of us. I just asked them if it's cohesion or confidence.

"I don't think we're lacking confidence, we got on a good run now we're going on the flip side and a few defeats.

"I think it's more about cohesion, there's still boys trying to gel and get in there.

"There's some guys who looked like they lacked a bit of game time as well."