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Match reaction: Dai Young

Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to the loss against Gloucester on Boxing Day.

Wasps lost 39-10 in a game where they came up short in almost every department.

“Obviously we are very disappointed but sometimes you just put your hand up and say you were beaten by a far better team,” Young said.

“I thought they showed far more quality, experience and physicality in everything they did. We made fundamental errors and kept giving them the ball back. We lost the battle of the gainline in attack and defence whereas every time they carried they made yards easily and we were second best in every department. We didn’t help ourselves by making fundamental errors but physically, when they were carrying they were dominating the gainline, we missed a lot of first up tackles which then dragged in two or three people and then we were forced to scramble.”

Young said that with his side battling against a lengthy injury list, fatigue is becoming an issue for his players.

“I think that today they were far nearer to their first choice starting XV than we were. It is very difficult for young or inexperienced players to find their feet when the team around them is not moving forward. If you look at us up front I think it is clear that there are players who are playing far more first team rugby than they would have expected, which is probably not a bad thing in the long run, but certainly in the short term, playing against seasoned internationals like we were tonight, you are going to struggle in the physicality stakes. Some of the guys who have played a lot of games in the past 6 weeks looked pretty tired but that’s where we are. We have a small squad and that’s our lot.”

Wasps now play Worcester on New Year’s Day in a game which Young concedes is now vital.

“The game against Worcester is hugely important now. I need a reaction from the players. We have had our backsides smacked tonight and were beaten by a better team. We have to respond and show more quality and accuracy. It is a game we have to win now and probably Worcester think the same so it’s two teams pretty desperate for a win now.”