RUGBY UNION: Wheels came off admits coach Jones

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Lyn Jones admitted the wheels had come off his London Welsh side in the second half of their 34-15 home defeat to Wasps.

Welsh’s head coach still felt there were some positives, including an impressive scrum, and gave credit to a fast improving Wasps team.

“There is a lot of disappointment with how the game panned out in the second half.

“We felt we were in control for long periods of the first half and looked the better side.

“The wheels came off and we derailed and started chasing the game.

“As individuals, we made too many unforced errors and gifted Wasps field position.

“There were some absolutely crazy penalties given away.

“Fair play to Wasps, they are a confident side at the moment and on top of their game compared to last season.”

Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young said a change in approach paid dividends as his side defeated London Welsh.

“I asked them for two things at half-time,” said Young.

“They needed to be accurate in attack and defence and muscle up.

“I felt in the first half, they were winning the 50-50s.

“They were certainly doing a job on us at the tackle area and we were losing the battle of the gain line.

“I felt if we could do that, we had that little bit of X-factor in our team, a little bit of added quality that would win us the game.”

It wa scrum half Joe Simpson’s electric try that Young felt had been the turning point.

Simpson, 24, hoped performances like his can help him add to his one England cap.

“I am desperate to get back in the England shirt,” he said.

“It is the pinnacle for every player and I know this is an important time in my career.

“I hope the England coaches will be watching.

“If they feel my performances are good enough, then I am sure they will throw me in.”

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