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Match Reaction: Dai Young

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to the 26-24 victory over Gloucester at Adams Park.

“I am incredibly proud of the team for that effort and obviously it is a massive win for us. A lot of the players out on the pitch today were carrying niggles, some were out of position and at the moment it is a job for us to get 23 players out there fit and able so to go out there and show heart and spirit and get the win was huge.”

“It was a game that we probably won and lost a few times during the 80 minutes but the result was the most important thing. We got ourselves into a commanding position in the second half and we were guilty of letting them back into the game. Our exit plays were not good enough at times and you certainly can’t kick the ball to their fullback and give him space to run which he punished us for. I thought the tries that they score were outstanding and among some of the best we have seen here. They made it hard to defend but we did gift them an awful lot of ball by not kicking and chasing well enough.”

Of Elliot Daly’s nerve to step up and put over a 50 metre penalty in the dying minutes, Young added.

“He is a player who doesn’t struggle with confidence in the nicest possible way. I suppose that is youth a little bit but he certainly didn’t look like he was feeling the pressure that everybody else in the stadium was feeling. He had a little bit of a stretch, a little bit of a drink and then slotted it over. That’s a young player with loads of quality who has confidence in his own abilities and rightly so. From our point of view that was a massive kick for us and it has put us in a better position than we were at the start of the day.”

Despite an 8 point cushion still between Wasps and Newcastle, Young says the win was hugely important but not a hammer blow to the team below them just yet.

“We are still not out of the woods. There is no reason why Newcastle can’t get at least win out of their next two games and it is up to us to go to Harlequins and Bath and get something and make sure that the last game of the season isn’t another one where we are all gripping onto the edge of our seats.”

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