Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dallaglio Sounds a Warning to Wasps the Euro Flops

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dallaglio Sounds a Warning to Wasps the Euro Flops

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today challenged his London Wasps players to prove they are not living off past glories in the wake of their latest Heineken Cup failure.

Wasps lost 21-13 in the fog against Llanelli Scarlets to remain bottom of their pool and have only pride to play for in the remaining three games, starting with the rematch with Llanelli at Wycombe on Sunday.

Wasps won the Cup in 2004 but failed to get out of their pool last season and this campaign has been made even worse with arch-rivals Saracens still able to clinch a last eight place.

That would give Sarries bragging rights in London rugby and allow Hugh Vyvyan's team to eclipse Wasps for the first time in seven years.

Sarries lost 19-10 to Ulster on Friday night but can put their bid for a quarterfinal place back on track with a big win over the same opponents at Watford on Saturday.

Now Dallaglio has decided it is time for the Wasps players to take a long hard look at where they stand in European rugby.

Having won three successive Guinness Premiership titles and already reached the Powergen Cup semifinals, Wasps are still in the hunt for trophies but slumping in the Heineken Cup is a setback.

Dallaglio said: "We have the air of a team strutting around thinking they have a divine right to win games and we are trading off the reputation of what we have done in the last three years. The game has moved on and we weren't good enough. The Heineken Cup has gone for us this season. You cannot expect to be top of the European tree playing that way and we have to take a long hard look at ourselves.

"I am very disappointed and very angry with everyone, including myself. At the moment, one or two are putting the required effort in, and one or two aren't. We got what we deserved. We are out of Europe yes, and we are desperately disappointed because we want to win trophies.

"We are out of one competition, but very much involved in the other two, and we have just got to start playing the way we know we can. …

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