Wasps star shares graphic 4G pitch injuries
For Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson, losing to Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi final on Saturday was bad enough, but coming away with 4G pitch-induced battle scars added insult to injury (or more accurately injury to insult).
The 14-cap England international was on the score sheet for Wasps, scoring the first points of the match in the process, but eventually saw his side get pipped 20-18 by the French outfit. To make matters worse, the 30-year-old suffered at the hands of the Stade de Gerland’s 4G surface, sharing photos on social media of the gruesome burns he received on his leg.
Robson is not the first player to complain about the synthetic surface, and will by no means be the last with more and more teams switching to it.
With only two games remaining this season for Wasps, against Sale Sharks at home and Leicester Tigers away in the Gallagher Premiership, Robson relished the fact that both will be played on grass.
Meanwhile, the loss ended Wasps’ realistic hopes of silverware this season, but their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Heineken Champions Cup are very much alive. But they will rue falling short of Lyon, as head coach Lee Blackett felt it was in their hands.
“We are pretty gutted about it,” said Blackett.
“We feel as if we controlled large parts of the game, and it came down to key moments. What would have won the game for us was better conversion rates within their 22.
“I thought we controlled field position but did not take our opportunities. We also did not win the aerial game so that would be the two things.
“We put so much into it, controlled large parts of the game, and unfortunately, we’ve fallen on the wrong side of key moments. When the game breaks up they (Lyon) are up there with the very best sides in Europe.
“The players are pretty gutted. It’s going to be hard to get back up for next week, but we’ve got to make sure we don’t let this derail our season.”
Take a look at Robson’s injury:
On a positive note, that was the last 4G we play on this season 😂🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/jYDZJJLQOz
— Dan Robson (@d_jrobson) May 15, 2022