Bad 18-16 Wasps: Controversial referee call determines dead rubber after the Champions Cup meeting
- Todd Blackadder and Dai Young think that Premiership is killing hope in Europe
- Stars were missing, including Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph
- Wespen scrum was punished late and Rhys Priestland kicked decisive points
Nik Simon For The Mail on Sunday
There is something to give if English clubs return to their days as European heavyweights.
That was the image of Todd Blackadder and Dai Young after the two Premiership sides had played out their dead rubber.
In many ways, the game was a senseless exercise, but at least it enabled the two coaches to provide clarity about the future of Champions Cup rugby.
Rhys Priestland kicked decisive points after Wasps scrum was penalized for advancing
Luke Charteris of Bath collects the ball high in the air during the Saturday meeting
Only Saracens are guaranteed a place in the quarter finals of April, when Blackadder claims the threat of relegation in the Premier League to jeopardize their progress.
& # 39; The Premiership is so tribal, & # 39; said Blackadder. & # 39; You throw the hell apart and are almost too tired to go and get a crack when it comes to the Champions Cup.
& # 39; There are not many points between someone – the top four and relegation – so the priority must go to survive, is not it? It creates different tensions. If you did not have those things, you could just go on with Europe. & # 39;
Wasps have not won any match in Europe this season, while Young who claims to have English sides is paralyzed by the salary limit.
& # 39; Leinster had wounded five British lions and they still had 15 internationals on the field, & # 39; he said. & # 39; They have that power profoundly. It is, of course, money.
& # 39; The Premiership is an attractive competition. When you pick up injuries, we do not replace an international by an international. You can see that clearly. & # 39;
Brad Shields or Wasps wins a line-out during the Champions Cup game at Recreation Ground
On both sides missing star names – Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph were all out – and the tough match was finally decided by a controversial referee decision.
Bath scored twice in the first half via Max Green and Zach Mercer, while returning number 8 Toby Faletau proved to be influential.
Nathan Hughes scored Wasps & # 39; only try before the game descended into a catalog with penalties.
Wespen nr. 10 Lima Sopoaga was sinned for a high tackle, but his side continued to hunt for the 78th minute.
Then, with two more minutes to go, Ben Whitehouse penalized the scrum of the Wasps as it marched forward, allowing Rhys Priestland to kick the decisive three points.
& # 39; It was a weird call to give if you are the best at all matches, right? & # 39; Young said. We can go back and say that it was not the right decision, but that does not change anything. They went back with a speed of knots and they were fined. It is frustrating. & # 39;
Joe Launchbury, Michele Campagnaro and Rob Miller show their dejection during the game