Les Kiss After Ulster Said,” I Expect Better”

It could have been a friendly pre-season; however, for Director of Rugby for Ulster, Les Kiss was still left hurt by the home defeat of last night to Wasps.


Two weeks are over from the first game of the side of the Pro14 campaign, opposite the Cheetahs. The Wasps were the second best at the Kingspan Stadium, by losing match with the score 26-15.

“Definitely, there is a disappointment,” said an Australian player who is entering his third season now at the province.

“When it comes to playing at home, any team never likes to lose in any conditions, no matter what is at stake. There are some of the game components present where the boys would anticipate a lot better about themselves. In the pre-season, we have been trying to work on that and on a lot of other things, and this certainly includes getting some new patterns, new coaches, however, as of now, I don’t believe we have got into any flow.

He further added that, “The team was behind the eight ball a little bit too often. It could be possible that, they got the ball in a bit easier way than we got it. Moreover, to start that game’s second half, there was 20 minutes, and this helped them to dominate field position and because of that only they put our team under real pressure.“

“With the friendly results, you can go down a rabbit hole in both ways, however, it is not at all nice or good to lose match at home, when there is so much of moral support is present.

“I expect from the team as well as for myself, to deliver a better performance on the field with better coordination within the team,” he further added this.

WASPS WILL LEARN LESSONS FROM PREMIERSHIP FINAL HEARTACHE – DAI YOUNG

As long as Wasps can take a sliver of consolation from the sucker punch of losing the final in extra time of the match to their rivals, Exeter, then it can be found in the list of Premiership winners where six of the previous nine winners lost in the previous year’s final.


It’s now Exeter’s turn this year, twelve months after failing to turn up in the first half of their 28-20 lossto Saracens.

As unbearable as the experience of losing a final seems, there is no better preparation or motivation for the following campaign.

Definitely, seeing the stage fright in Wasps’ performance was easy. Professional performers like Jimmy Gopperth, Danny Cipriani and James Haskell made the most basic of mistakes / errors:in the case of Gopperth dropping the ball when seized by indecision over whether to kick or pass.

Though, Dai Young’s team recovered by force either side of half-time, the poor start eventually cost them the chance of victory in normal time.

“Experience obviously adds to it, and we have heard on many occasions from some of the senior players from Saracens that a lot of their successes over the past couple of years have been built on the heartaches of being defeated in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals,” Young said.

He stated that he would not however want to go through all that. However, he also noted that if that would be the condition for winning, then he would not mind.

Young has been praised for eschewing the option of going to uncontested scrums once both his specialist tight heads, Phil Swainston and Marty Moore, were taken away by injury.

Exeter’s winning points in extra time came from a scrum penalty against Matt Mullan.

Wasps On A High This Season

The Wasps have definitely been on a high this Premier League season and as the Champions Cup comes to an end there is more for the fans to look forward to. ‘


Indeed the most expert term them as Entertainers as the players can swashbuckle their way and put in a goal, even when there is no possibility in sight. This often brings about comparisons between the Newcastle United team of the late nineties with the current day Wasps. However the director of rugby of the team, Dai Young does not want more comparisons or hype to be made.

He has definitely helped to turn around the team that now has a lot of young talent who have become a force to be reckoned with on the field. Indeed, the team can be compared to other talented teams among national rugby teams. The team had been facing extinction and the director as well as the coaches has been able to execute the right strategies to get the team back in a formidable form. The team now has a new home in Coventry and the future is looking bright for them. This year the team heads the Aviva Premiership rankings.

As four games remain in the Champions Cup they are assured of a playoff position. In the upcoming weekend Leinster would be facing Wasps in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium. The two teams will fight for a position in the semi finals. Young states that, the Wasps have accumulated about 550 points in this Premiership season but that will not account for anything unless they have a significant win at the end. His attitude probably echoes a level headed approach to keeping the hype down, and keeping the players focused on the game. Having brought around a team’s performance to international standards is hard work indeed and that should be kept focused and low key till a significant victory has been achieved.

Wasps Get Beale Back

Wasps team would be seeing Kurtley Beale debuting in the team soon.


He is an international player in Australia who scored 12 on a total of 60 Tests that he appeared on behalf of his country. This year saw him out of the fields mostly as he was recovering from injuries for a period of seven months. Dai Young, who is director of rugby for the team, has confirmed his participation. Beale had agreed to join the team on 13th of May but he suffered a knee injury soon after the agreement was signed. At that time he had been playing for the New South Wales team in the Super Rugby category.

The contract for the 27 year old player expires by the end of the season. He is also known to be one of the best paid Premiership players. However, Wasps team was unable to cash in on his skills and talent this year. However the closing matches that are scheduled would probably see him lining up to play. For instance, the European Champions Cup is a game that is coming up this Sunday where the team would be playing against Connacht.

Young is hopeful of his participation, which should bolster the team ranks for the remaining matches of the season. Kurtley has been missing since the time he signed up and the team has definitely missed his participation. However, he was training over the last few weeks and that has given glimpses of his comeback talents. Beale had been down as the patellar tendon had come off from his knee cap. He stated that he was glad of the support he obtained from the club as he recovered. He states that he looks forward to participating in full form and hopefully his knee will not be a hindrance.

Piutau set to join Bristol

Siale Piutau Tonga captain have been signed by Bristol to play for them. Bristol rugby has confirmed that Piutau will join the team for session 2016-2017 and will start playing for the team from the month of January.

However, the date from which Piutau will start playing for Bristol is still not clear. Meanwhile, there is only one Premiership match scheduled in the month of January that will take place at Northampton on the 7th. It is expected Piutau will start playing for Bristol from this premiership only.

Last year for entire season Piutau played for Wasps and had been great throughout the season, with many fans queuing up to buy tickets to Wasps matches online at http://www.liverugbytickets.co.uk, in order to see him in action. With his contribution Wasps was able to score decent position in various championships that held last years.

Mark Tianton the acting head coach of Bristol team commented Piutau action and said “Piutau is a good defender and I know him from Wasps. He is a performer and a reliable player.” He further added “Piutau is coming into Bristol on the occasion of the New Year and we are hoping, he will boost the performance of Bristol in crucial championships that are coming in next session”

With his aggressive and intense game Saile brings enthusiasm in squad mates, he has given extraordinary performances in matches played with Wasps and it is expected he will bring same charisma in the Bristol team too.

However, commenting on his move to join Bristol, Piutau said “Bristol rugby club has a strong reputation and joining team will be a good for my career growth. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Wasps while playing various championships.” Recalling his memories of an Aviva premiership with Wasps he said “It was really challenging championship and the team was very nice to play with.”

By introducing a new player Puitaus in team, Bristol wants to come out as the stronger team in coming championships.

JASON ROBINSON DEFENDS WASPS ELLIOT DALY

2003 World Cup winner and English Rugby legend, Jason Robinson has sympathized with Elliot Daly, in lieu of the recent red card and a 3 week ban handed to him after England’s game against Argentina just last weekend at Twickenham.


Robinson, who during his union career days, had played with huge distinction at the full back position and on the wing, also attributed Daly’s mistimed tackle to lack of experience in the position.

Wasps centre Daly, had taken out LeornadoSenatore in the air, thus causing the player to land on his head.

Daly had been selected to play out of his position on the left wing, for a second time by Eddie Jones, after he had shown an impressive display against Fiji.

Robinson also believes that the red card handed out to Daly was as a result of his lack of game time and training on the wing. He thus urged Coach Jones to look more critically at his selections from henceforth.

Elliot was quoted saying,

“He doesn’t do that all the time. The week before he did a good job, but I don’t think he was tested in the same way against Fiji – they weren’t at the races for long periods of the game.

“Elliot is skilful, he has got a massive boot on him and he does add a lot, but there is more to being on the wing for England.”

Robinson however believes that the incident was accidental and not an intentional one, so it was wrong to have dished out a red card to Daly as a result of that.

He also went on to defend Daly and sympathize with him, hoping that the Wasps centre serves his time, learns quickly from his mistake, and comes back a lot stronger.

ROBINSON DEFENDS WASPS ELLIOT DALY

2003 World Cup winner and English Rugby legend, Jason Robinson has sympathized with Elliot Daly, in lieu of the recent red card and a 3 week ban handed to him after England’s game against Argentina just last weekend at Twickenham.

Robinson, who during his union career days, had played with huge distinction at the full back position and on the wing, also attributed Daly’s mistimed tackle to lack of experience in the position.

Wasps centre Daly, had taken out Leornado Senatore in the air, thus causing the player to land on his head.

Daly had been selected to play out of his position on the left wing, for a second time by Eddie Jones, after he had shown an impressive display against Fiji.
Robinson also believes that the red card handed out to Daly was as a result of his lack of game time and training on the wing. He thus urged Coach Jones to look more critically at his selections from henceforth.

Elliot was quoted saying “He doesn’t do that all the time. The week before he did a good job, but I don’t think he was tested in the same way against Fiji – they weren’t at the races for long periods of the game. Elliot is skilful, he has got a massive boot on him and he does add a lot, but there is more to being on the wing for England.”

Robinson however believes that the incident was accidental and not an intentional one, so it was wrong to have dished out a red card to Daly as a result of that.

He also went on to defend Daly and sympathize with him, hoping that the Wasps centre serves his time, learns quickly from his mistake, and comes back a lot stronger.

Wasps Win Against Worcester

The Wasps rugby team has gained second position in Aviva Premiership which has brought considerable pride to Dai Young who is the director of the team. Indeed, with the side having won despite several injuries, the director was full of praises for his team.

Even though the side was depleted as several players were injured, even then they were able to show it off to the Worcesters. Saracens are the reigning champions in the Premiership but the Wasps have been able to attain the second position behind them.

In the game that ensues against Worcester at Sixways, there were several notable players of the Wasps team absent. These were players like Christian Wade, Kyle Eastmond, Jimmy Gopperth and Danny Cipriani. These players were absent in the game for different reasons. Many were unable to play as they had other commitments to international games. However, the remaining squad showcased their strength even then. The director stated that there were several new players who played for the team and it was a good thing that they were given the opportunity to bring the team to victory.

Indeed, the game is all about physicality, but that did not deter the new team members. They met the opposition with the required strength and the result was heartening. Rob Miller was able to secure 16 points for the team. Dan Robson even scored several tries for the team. The director was apprehensive as the team had several players missing due to injuries.

Rugby is a tough game to win, especially when one is left with around twenty players or so. Even then the fact that the team won the game was a morale boosting performance for them. The fans are also equally excited about the victory that has been secured by the team.