Sour grapes from Wasps after Toulon beating

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TOULON 32 WASPS 18

Dai Young accused Toulon match-winner Ali Williams of escaping a “blatant yellow card” before scoring the try that sealed Wasps’ Champions Cup 32-18 quarter-final defeat.

Rugby director Young admitted Wasps were left frustrated by former All Blacks lock Williams escaping a sin-binning for tugging back Elliot Daly off the ball.

Wasps closed to within seven points of double European champions Toulon with six minutes to play thanks to wing Will Helu’s second try, but Williams crossed in the dying stages to close out victory.

Superstar-studded Toulon struggled through unforced sloppiness throughout, before Williams sealed the triumph - and Young is adamant the 33-year-old should have been off the field at the time of that pivotal score.

“There are three people who didn’t see it - the referee and the two touch judges,” said Young.

“I don’t want it to sound like sour grapes because they have probably had a bit too much for us on the day.

“But in saying that we ended up scoring three-and-a-half minutes later.

“So if we’d had a penalty try then and the yellow card, it would probably have allowed us to really mount a real challenge.

“It certainly would have made it interesting.

“It’s frustrating because if you look at their first try, their lineout in the build-up was nowhere near straight.

“Little things go against you but when you’ve won the European cup twice you tend to get the 50-50s.

“We were hugely frustrated by that, hugely frustrated by the decision and them still having 15 players on the field when it was a blatant yellow card and a blatant sin-bin.”