Wasps will go into their final day clash againstNewcastleknowing victory will secure the club’s top-flight status, after picking up a losing bonus point in their defeat toBathat The Rec. The Londoners have endured a nightmare year both on and off the pitch and relegation would cast huge doubts over the club’s long-term future.
Wasps’ defeat toBathcame courtesy of tries from Lee Mears, Stephen Donald and Nick Abendanon, cancelling out Nick Robinson’s four penalty kicks. The 17-12 defeat will have been hard to take for director of rugby Dai Young following the side’s impressive first half display. A dismal second half saw the visitors surrender their 9-0 half-time advantage, withBathscoring their three tries in a scintillating 40 minutes of rugby after the break.
The lacklustre performance in the second-half was indicative of how the club’s season has gone. As soon as formerEnglandman Mears went over forBath’s opening score Wasps always looked like they were about to head down this campaign’s familiar path to defeat. In the end the bonus point will have been a reward Wasps probably didn’t deserve following their second-half performance.
Wasps director of rugby Young made it clear the objective for their final game of the season was now clear; victory securing the club’s place in the Premiership and sparing a lot of people a very nervous summer.
“We just have to win [against Newcastle]. It’s in our hands. If Newcastle come and win by that margin they deserve to stay up. Let’s be honest about it.”
“If we don’t win our own game and the other team win by 24 points, we have to look at ourselves really.”
“In the end we have to say we were quite lucky to come away (from The Rec) with a losing bonus point.”