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Losing the Premiership jersey final is becoming a curse

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Losing the Premiership final is becoming a curse. Like Exeter last season and Bath the year before Wasps have lost three of their first five Premiership matches and defeat at Saracens on Sunday would dump them in their worst run since 2014.Wasps started with victories over two clubs who finished in the bottom three last season, Sale and Worcester, but then lost to Harlequins and Bath at home with a 14-point reverse away to the team who defeated them in the final in May, Exeter, sandwiched between.Like many clubs Wasps have a long injury list but they have struggled to recapture their broken-play swagger of recent seasons, and not only because Kurtley Beale has returned to Australia. Bath strangled them last weekend at the Ricoh Arena by slowing down their ball and narrowing their lines of attack.
“I hope it is not a hangover from the final but Bath and Exeter dipped after losing in one,” says the Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young. “We have said since the start of the season, including the victories, that we have not been playing the way we like.“We had enough quality to see us through in the first two rounds but we need to get our accuracy back and respect the ball more, both when it comes to kicking and passing. We have been losing the possession and territory battles because we have lacked patience and composure, and we need to defend for fewer periods.
“Last season has gone. Although we believe we are a good team, we are not good enough to beat many sides in the Premiership if we are well below standard. Bring our A-game and we are more than a match for anybody, difficult to beat. We have dropped below the standards we set. Injuries have hindered our preparation as well as performances but we need to be more simple and direct rather than playing too much in the wrong areas and causing ourselves problems.”The last time Wasps lost three league games in a row, in 2015, they ended the run with victory over Worcester, as they had the year before after four straight defeats, but Saracens will take rather more toppling. Wasps have won only two of the last 11 league meetings between the clubs but, looking at it another way, they have won two of the last three, including a 64-23 success at Allianz Park during the 2016 Six Nations.
“The defeats have been a poke in the eye and everyone at the club, coaches and players, need to look at ourselves,” says Young. “We are all in it together. We win together and we lose together. It has highlighted the fact that what we did last season will not be good enough this one; the game Capitals Jersey has Capitals Authentic Jersey moved Rams Jersey on Rams Authentic Jersey We need to move on with it. We are conceding a lot of points. We are more of an attacking team than a defensive one but the boys are working hard and we are up there in tackle completion. We are just giving teams too many chances.”Wasps’ England flanker James Haskell has yet to taste victory this season having missed the first two matches because of injury. He believes a trip to the home of the Champions Cup winners for the last two seasons will focus minds.“Going away to Saracens is an opportunity to test yourself and you have to win these games if you have a desire to be successful this season,” he says. “Results have been disappointing but you cannot fault the boys’ work ethic or desire to play. Sometimes it just does not go the way you want.
“All teams go through a bad period. Exeter lost a few games early on last season but still went on to win the Premiership. It is about turning things around and that is not by trying harder but being smarter and making sure as individuals we all improve. We need to raise the bar. It is easy in this position to look elsewhere but you have to look at home and ask what you can do. If everyone finds an extra 10%, we will get the results we deserve.”

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