Wasps praised for improvements

02 January 2018 21:10:43 GMTPlus10

Wasps coach Lee Blackett has been delighted by their defensive improvement following the team's resurgence in the Aviva Premiership.

The Midlanders were languishing down in 10th place after four successive defeats but have won six domestic matches in a row to move up to third in the table.

They overcame Bath 31-26 at the Rec on Friday night and, although Dai Young's men conceded four tries, that was an aberration, according to Blackett.

"Our defence is improving, I know we will be disappointed with the Bath game but, definitely in the last 10 games, there has been a massive improvement," he said.

"Phil Blake, our defence coach, will say he gets worried when we go 19-0 up. Whenever we score a couple of tries early on we seem to nod off defensively.

"When we start the game not having the ball, we generally defend well for the 80 minutes.

"Throughout the season, our defence has come on massively, it's leaps and bounds from where it was last year; the boys have worked hard."

Despite an improvement in their defensive organisation, Blackett, who is the backs coach, believes that the squad is set up to score tries and be positive with ball in hand.

He added: "I think any coach in any coaching team wants the perfect performance whether that's defence, attack or set-piece, but Dai's created a squad and signed players to attack. You look at the personnel we have and it's there to attack."

Wasps can be backed at 9.00 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season, with Saracens 2.10 and Exeter Chiefs 2.30.

View all Rugby Union betting