DISAPPOINTED director of rugby Alan Solomons admitted Worcester Warriors paid the price for their errors in a 39-6 defeat at Wasps.

Warriors trailed 8-3 at half-time before a hat-trick from Marcus Watson and a late Josh Bassett score blew the visitors away.

Solomons said he was happy with Warriors’ defensive showing in the first half as Tom Cruse’s early try separated the two sides in what was a mistake-ridden contest.

But Solomons felt Watson’s second score on 64 minutes was “absolutely critical” in deciding the Premiership Cup clash as Wasps stormed to victory.

“It is disappointing because I thought we did pretty well in the first half,” said Solomons whose side finished bottom of Pool Three with one win and three defeats.

“It was 5-3 (to Wasps) with one minute to go (in the first half). We then gave them a penalty and it’s 8-3.

“In the 10 minute before and 10 minute after half-time they go to 18-6 from 5-3 which really put us on the back foot.

“When they scored again the game was done.

“I wouldn’t say we had anything left but I think that next score became absolutely critical.

“We had an opportunity to go 18-9. Unfortunately the kick didn’t go over and they got the try to go 25-6.

“There were a few fortunate bounces and a couple errors on our part which led for it to go to 32-6.

“I didn’t think there was any lack of effort from any of the players.

“I thought defensively, particularly in the first half, we were very good.

“But I think the game got away from us over that period just before half-time and certainly just after half-time when they went from 5-3 to 18-6 and then they got the next score to take it up to 25-6.

“In this particular game we did make errors and we paid a price for them.

“At times our set-piece was not where we would like it to be but these things happen.

“These games are important to take the lessons from and to apply the lessons you have learned when you go into the Premiership next week.

“What we have to understand at this level of competition is that errors are going to be punished.”

Wasps boss Dai Young admitted the first half was “difficult viewing” but was pleased his team kept plugging away until Warriors’ resilience cracked.

“The ball carriers seemed to be running into brick walls in the first half,” Young added.

“But once you keep running into brick walls hopefully you are going to break them down.

“We started to get our nose through the contact and I’m pretty confident that once we can put some of our faster guys into space with some front-foot ball they can score some tries.”