Marmion takes confidence from loss

Date published: December 12 2016

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion believes his side missed an opportunity to defeat Wasps in their Champions Cup clash at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps ran out 32-17 victors on Sunday but the PRO12 holders had plenty of chances to win the game, with the penalty count in their favour.

However a misfiring line-out and wayward goal-kicking proved costly for Connacht as Marmion reflected on the defeat at full-time in Coventry.

“I think if we had taken our tries then it wouldn’t come down to kicks at goal. Obviously it’s disappointing that we couldn’t take more tries, but it’s all about taking opportunities when they come,” he told EPC Rugby.

“We had a few chances but we didn’t take them. It got a little bit scrappy at the end, so we’re disappointed from the position that we were in and how it finished.”

Wasps’ try-scorers were Kurtley Beale, Nathan Hughes, Joe Launchbury and Josh Bassett as they claimed a bonus-point win. But Marmion feels they can take confidence ahead of this week’s rematch at the Sportsground.

“Wasps are a quality side and we have shown out there for 60 minutes that we are more than capable of taking them on,” he continued.

“Next week we’ll be in front of our home fans so that will give us a big lift, but as a team, we have to go out there and put 80 minutes together.

“We pushed them all the way until about the 60th minute and then it got away from us I think.”