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28 Sep 2013: Wasps v Worcester Warriors

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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sat 28 Sep 2013, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Greg Garner Assistant Referee: Roy Maybank
TV Match Official: David Grashoff Assistant Referee: Andrew Pearce

Young positive about home prospects

London Wasps go in search of their first Aviva Premiership win of the season this weekend against Worcester Warriors and Director of Rugby Dai Young believes his side could be a real force once again on home soil.

Young says the Adams Park factor will be a real boost

Young says the Adams Park factor will be a real boost

Jones & Johnson both singled out for praise

Jones & Johnson both singled out for praise

This weekend’s fourth round tie is Wasps first match at their home ground at Adams Park; a venue that proved a relatively happy hunting ground for Young’s side last season.

“We turned Adams Park into a real fortress last season and we were unbeaten there in the league until late March,” Young said.

“It is important for us to get that going again and make sure it’s the place that away teams dread visiting. Our fans always get behind us there and we’re looking forward to getting back out there in front of them.”

Wasps have had to settle for three losing bonus points away from Adams Park in the opening weekends of the league, with Young frustrated that his side is playing in fits and starts.

“We’ve had positives – our set piece has been strong and our defence is improving – but the individual errors we’ve been making have been harshly punished and we haven’t been anywhere near the level we can be. When we’ve clicked in parts in games we’ve scored tries and we have faith and confidence in the squad that we have that we have the quality to be much better.”

Injuries have not helped in the team’s preparation for the opening weekends, with Elliot Daly, Tom Varndell, Hugo Southwell, James Haskell and Phil Swainston all among the walking wounded and with Andrea Masi likely to be out for some weeks following a knee injury last Friday night.

However with Daly set for a return this weekend, and with others making steady progress, Young sees the glass half full.

“Our attacking game has definitely stuttered but when you look at the guys who are out that will give you a big part of the reason why. We can certainly sharpen up there, but we are sorely missing some of those guys, especially in the back line.”

Young also reserved praise for 21-year old Sam Jones, who in the opening game of the season became the Club’s youngest ever captain, and experienced back row Ashley Johnson, who have both stood tall in the first few games.

“Sam has been outstanding and has been probably the best player on the pitch for us over the first three games both in attack and defence and his stats bear that out. He is always in the top three performers in every department and I think he has really grown and been fantastic for us. Ashley has performed really after a tough pre-season and I have been very happy with how he is going as well.”

London Wasps play Worcester Warriors on Saturday, September 28 at Adams Park (KO 3pm) Tickets are just £10 for Juniors right across the stadium and adult tickets start from £17. Click here to book your seats.