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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to today’s loss to Saracens.

The reigning champions won the game 17-22 with Wasps earning a losing bonus point.

“We created enough chances to score more than we did but we didn’t have a clinical edge I felt. The interception try was a big factor. It came early enough to turn it around but if you look at our points we really had to work our socks off to get them and we gave Saracens very cheap points. That was really a crucial difference.”

“Certain parts of the game today were good but I felt we went into our shell a bit. We went through a few phases and had overlaps but because of that intercept score we became narrow and tight and that’s the difference a few wins and some confidence would bring. We were playing against a squad that although they had a lot of players out , could still bring internationals off the bench. That’s not a bad place to be from their point of view.”

Young was also asked after the game about the issues that persisted at the scrum.

“We have the hindsight the referee hasn’t got but at times it was difficult to see the difference between the resets and the free-kicks. We have talked all season about having a strong enough set piece platform that the referee isn’t a factor and obviously we aren’t there yet. We were unlucky on occasion but there is no point mudslinging at a referee; that is not my style. We have just got to be better there.”

Wasps now have a home game next week against Exeter before matches against Sale and London Irish.

“There is a long way to go in the season and there are two or three of us in the league there looking over our shoulder. Every game from here on in is hugely important. We can only worry about ourselves though and believe, as I do, that we can beat any team.”