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Match Reaction: Dai Young

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gave his reaction to the 32-15 loss at Franklin’s Gardens.

Wasps got off to a bright start and led early in the game courtesy of the boot of Nick Robinson but Saints grabbed a spate of scores in a 12 minute period to give them a 22-9 halftime lead.

“We showed some enterprise early on but we needed to get more points on the board than we did. They took their scores very well when they had those chances in the first half but what was frustrating to see was that we had to work incredibly hard to get any points and then we gifted them easy scores in return. To let a try in from first phase was poor and we have got to be better than that.”

As Northampton eased into the game, they threatened to overwhelm a Wasps side who lost Dominic Waldouck and Jonathan Poff in the first half to injury, but Young praised their resolve at times.

“We showed a lot of heart and a lot of courage as they threatened to overrun us but it wasn’t quite good enough against a very strong side here. This Northampton side are a quality team with quality players all over the park. It’s a very tough place to come and very few sides get a result here but we were under pressure for huge parts of the game and I thought the players really stood up. We have now got to think about a massive game for us next week and we have to move forward and not worry about what other teams are doing. We can only control our own results.”

On the injury to Dom Waldouck Young added.

“He has a hamstring injury. He is walking around in the dressing room so hopefully it’s not a tear but it is hard to know so soon after the game.”

Match report to follow