COACH Nigel Redman admitted a lack of accuracy at crucial times cost Warriors at Wasps — but praised the effort and endeavour of his young guns in the LV= Cup.
Alex Grove, Andy Short and Ben Howard grabbed tries at Adams Park as Warriors left empty-handed but remained top of Pool Two.
Redman said: “I thought we played with a lot of endeavour but lacked the accuracy. We were back to the first-half against Scarlets but for 80 minutes.
“When things started to go right we needed consistency but there was a lack of accuracy.
“A lot of youngsters were out there for both teams looking to stake a claim and we saw three tries apiece. There was plenty of endeavour from both sides.
“Tommy Bell was accurate with the boot from out wide and that was probably the difference between the teams.
“In terms of accuracy, the line-out in particular in the first-half saw us getting players up and it was either someone missing the lift or the jumper. Those things can be rectified but it is very frustrating watching it.
“I can’t fault the effort from both teams to score six tries but, when it came down to kickers, Tommy had a great game.”
Redman was quick to praise a number of young stars for impressing.
He added: “It was a great opportunity for people like Richard de Carpentier and he was a massive plus.
“Ollie Hayes and Rob O’Donnell got full games and Ryan Furniss came on for Ceri Jones and got game time. He is an academy prop so it was really good to see him.
“We’ve got to look after our props and have had a couple of knocks in training leading up to this game.
“It gives a young player like Ryan a wonderful chance in a meaningful competition. Ceri is going to be involved on Friday so we need to keep him off his feet.
“Ryan’s last game in the senior side was at Northampton last season. He’s not hit a senior scrum in anger since, the physicality and intensity is raised at this level and he has to get into the game. It was a baptism of fire but, as the game progressed, he got better.
“It was a good opportunity for players to put pressure on those starting in the league. They made a step forward and have learnt what it takes to play at this level and go out and play in front of 5,000 at Adams Park.
“This competition is for young players and Ben also came on and scored a try.
“Andy, who for a youngster showed a lot of composure, was moved around positions, did really well too and was solid.”