Hayman wants improved second halves

Date published: April 5 2015

Carl Hayman knows Toulon will have to improve their second-half displays after a hardfought win over Wasps at Mayol.

The French champions took a step closer to a third straight European title with a 32-18 win in the quarter-final clash, but they let a 22-6 half-time lead slip as Wasps got back to within a score with ten minutes remaining.

It continued a worrying recent trend, with Toulon regularly underperforming in the second half of games, and skipper Hayman admits that will have to change before a semi-final against Leinster in Marseille in a fortnight.

"It was tight at the end. Fortunately for us we got a penalty and a try late on," said Hayman. 

"But yes, in the last ten minutes it was very close. It was 50-50 and very hard. Top level games are like that, it's always hard. 

"But unfortunately for us, we always struggle in the second half, over the last few months it's been the same. It's something that we will try to improve over the next two weeks. 

"But we're very pleased with the result. It's good."