Wasps director of rugby Dai Young admitted his side were deservedly beaten but was critical of the way in which Saracens achieved their 26-16 victory in the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Arena.
After 60 minutes of the game Wasps were still in contention but two tries in four minutes from Duncan Taylor and Owen Farrell turned the game the visitors’ way as Saracens took their winning run over their rivals to nine games. Farrell converted both tries and kicked four penalties.
“I’m frustrated because that four minute spell took the game away from us,” said Young.
“It was nip and tuck until then and it was going to be a three-point game. I was disappointed to concede the first try from a set piece and the second was a fortuitous bounce of the ball so we let the game get away from us.
“You have to give them credit, but it’s a boring way to play. Their kicking game is very difficult to play against.”
As a result Wasps could only manage a consolation try from Frank Halai. The try was converted by Jimmy Gopperth, who also kicked two penalties.
Saracens coach Mark McCall responded to Young’s criticism of his side by saying: “They kicked a bit more than us in the first half.
“They should have played the way they normally do as it probably would have been more successful.
Meanwhile Chris Robshaw’s return to the scene of England’s World Cup disaster was quickly forgotten amid a chaotic but brilliant Aviva Premiership clash that produced another RBS 6 Nations injury doubt in Jonny May.
It was Robshaw’s first appearance at Twickenham since the World Cup-ending defeat by Australia on October 3 and he played his part in a logic-defying fixture that justifiably finished in stalemate.
Gloucester wing May limped off in the 42nd minute with a left hamstring problem incurred while taking a kick and he spent the rest of the afternoon on the bench with the damaged muscle strapped with ice.
From his vantage point on the sidelines, one of England’s most dangerous players this year watched as Harlequins drew 39-39 in a roller-coaster at Twickenham that produced bonus points for both sides.
The 2012 Premiership champions had a last-gasp chance to win the match with a drop-goal, but Danny Care’s pass to Nick Evans was poor and the former New Zealand fly-half’s kick drifted wide.
At the Recreation Ground Bath posted only a third Aviva Premiership win of the season — and their first for seven weeks — by edging out Worcester 21-14.
First-half tries by centre Ollie Devoto and wing Horacio Agulla underpinned Bath’s success, although Worcester proved predictably dogged opponents during an often dour struggle.
Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland kicked three penalties and a conversion, while Worcester replied through a Cooper Vuna try, plus two penalties from former Bath number 10 Tom Heathcote and a long-range Ryan Mills strike.
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