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Young's view on upcoming challenges

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his view on the upcoming challenge against Sale and the team’s overall performances in recent weeks.

Speaking after back to back narrow losses against top five sides Saracens and Exeter, Young says every remaining game is now massive.

“In both of the most recent games we had more than enough opportunities to win and to lose by less than six points in both cases is massively frustrating. We have had some issues with some refereeing decisions but we need to be honest with ourselves and put our hands up and realise that, particularly last weekend, we should have won in our own right. In tight games referees can have an influence but we need to make sure we are not in tight games so that if there are what we think are tough calls it doesn’t affect the result.”

One real plus from last weekend for Young was the impact of the Wasps bench in the second half, particularly the return of rising star Joe Launchbury.

“It is fair to say we haven’t had that type of quality on the bench throughout the season so that was pleasing. It is a 23 man game but due to injuries and so on we haven’t been able to put out 23 recognised Premiership or international performers week in week out. We have been on the receiving end of that this year at times. We have been in a game for 60 minutes and teams have brought top quality internationals off the bench and taken it away from us. I thought our bench really did add something at the weekend and we are getting near to having a much stronger 23 player match day squad than we have had all year.”

While inevitably results of the teams in and around Wasps, who sit 11th, are being followed closely, Young said his concerns are only with what his team can control.

“Look I have no doubt that Newcastle will win a few more games but it is up to us to control what we can control. We are six points in front of them but just four behind Worcester. We can still catch teams in front of us if we can turn the narrow losses into wins. I genuinely believe after the last two performances, if we can just improve another 10-15% that win is not far away from us.”

This week Young said he has focused the players on the positives from recent games.

“It is my job to keep the belief and confidence among the players and the coaches have pointed out to the players that, yes there are things we need to improve on, but there are also positives. We are creating good scoring opportunities but what we need is to turn those chances from being a yard short of the line to being a yard over it. We simply need to be more clinical. Over the last two games we were the side who looked more likely to score tries but the difference at the moment is that we aren’t finishing them off. If we were not creating chances I would be a lot more worried.”

On this Friday night’s game against Sale, Young added that the host side would pose a massive threat.

“Sale have spent a lot of money this year and brought in real quality and with Steve at the helm he has driven it through well. They were one of the teams this year who I felt totally outplayed us so we know how good they are. Going up there on a Friday night isn’t the easiest trip but every game is massive for us now and if we are to get those wins we need we will have to win in some tough venues.”