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Team effort pleases Hanks

Wasps boss delighted with bonus-point success against Dragons

Last updated: 19th December 2010   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Team effort pleases Hanks

Hanks: satisfying day

We're pleased because we beat a good team. It sets the pool up well but we've got a pretty tough trip away to Glasgow in the next game.

Tony Hanks
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Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks praised everyone involved at the club after their hard work which ensured Sunday's Heineken Cup clash with Newport-Gwent Dragons went ahead.

The Wycombe-based outfit romped to a 37-10 bonus-point victory in front of a 1,236 crowd at Adams Park that lifted them to the summit of Pool Six, three points clear of Toulouse.

The match was given the green light less than three hours before kick-off with a lack of medical support staff threatening to force its postponement.

"We were rapt that the game was played. It's credit to everyone involved getting the game on by getting the right areas clear," said Hanks.

"It shows what you can do if you invest in your pitch. The pitch was great and the under-soil heating worked.

Braved

"We were also pleased at the number who braved the elements because they had to walk to the game if they wanted to come.

"The team got a call last night and were told to get here early. They were here for breakfast. To finish the way they did was great."

Hooker Joe Ward, full-back Mark van Gisbergen, winger Tom Varndell and scrum-half Nic Berry crossed while man-of-the-match Dave Walder finished with 17 points as Wasps ran riot in the second half.

Toulouse should return to the top of the pool when their twice-postponed showdown with Glasgow is staged on Tuesday night.

But with fixtures against Glasgow away and Toulouse at home to come, Wasps have a great chance of qualifying after coasting to a sixth successive win today.

"We looked in good shape in the second half. That allowed us to play the rugby we wanted to right until the end," continued Hanks.

"We had a lot of respect for the Dragons and to be fair to them they really came at us.

"We're pleased because we beat a good team. It sets the pool up well but we've got a pretty tough trip away to Glasgow in the next game."

England centre Riki Flutey made his first appearance since sustaining a calf injury in October and proved influential after stepping off the bench for the final quarter.

"Riki's worked really hard and had I told him to wait another week he'd probably have throttled me," admitted Hanks.

"It's been a long time since he's played so it was good to get him out there and get some contact.

"He's not where he wants to be yet but it's a good start because he's back playing."

Punished

Dragons coach Paul Turner was furious with his side's second-half collapse.

"At half-time we felt we were well in it but then we gave three points to Walder and our game just went," said Turner.

"If you leave things on the table against Wasps they'll punish you and that's what they did.

"I'm pretty disappointed and there were a few harsh words said afterwards.

"There have been a lot of positives in these two games against Wasps but you can't play like we did in the second half."

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