Stinging attack from Wasps boss

McGeechan accuses Dragons of illegal scrummaging

By Simon Dilger   Last updated: 2nd November 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Stinging attack from Wasps boss

McGeechan: Blast

When you have a team being totally illegal at the scrums, you are not going to score.

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Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan has accused Newport Gwent Dragons of illegal scrummaging in the wake of their EDF Energy Cup clash on Sunday.

Wasps beat Dragons 21-10 at Adams Park but failed to secure a semi-final place due to Gloucester's victory over Newcastle.

McGeechan launched a scathing attack on the Welsh side saying that he thought referee Chris White should have awarded a penalty try.

"I thought we might have been in the running for one," he said. "When you have a team being totally illegal at the scrums, you are not going to score.

"We were held up over the line twice and a lot of it, scrummaging-wise, was illegal."

"The Dragons were going up and coming down in scrums. My idea of scrums was that they were meant to be straight.

"We did scrummage well and it took its toll on them because they had to go to uncontested scrums because of the pressure we put on."

Impressed

McGeechan, who will lead next year's British Lions tour of South Africa, also questioned the timing of the Anglo-Welsh competition.

"I have said it before," he added. "That this would be the perfect pre-season competition because teams want decent games.

"And three games in August against sides like these will mean teams will take it seriously."

Dragons head coach Paul Turner said he was impressed by Wasps but admitted he was disappointed with his side's performance.

"I feel we had the beating of them behind the scrum," He said. "We defended resolutely and we just gave it up.

"We certainly had enough opportunities in the last few minutes and we didn't take them. But it's good to come to these places.

"You have to play for the full 80 minutes here so I'm really disappointed that, when we went ahead at 10-6, we got a penalty immediately and went for goal from our own half when I thought it would have been better for us to kick to touch and keep the pressure on.

"Wasps, though, were quite clinical and they took their opportunities. I was impressed by their power."

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