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Dai Young previews London Wasps V Harlequins

Dai Young believes a clash against Aviva Premiership table-toppers Harlequins is the perfect game for his side to show what they are made of after a tough week at the Club.

Sam Jones in action against Harlequins

Sam Jones in action against Harlequins

Despite news this week about the Club’s financial issues, the Wasps Director of Rugby says his players and coaches are fully focused on Saturday’s game.

“I would be lying if I said that what has happened isn’t in the back of people’s minds but we have to control what we can control and let the off field stuff take care of itself. We have our own job to do and our job is to make sure we are in this league next year. After a very difficult week, I think Harlequins is the ideal game for us to play. We’re up against the top of the table and we are live on TV so we have to go out and show what we are made of.”

Young added that his squad, coming into the game on the back of a narrow loss to Biarritz last weekend but a win in their last Aviva Premiership outing against Gloucester, are well aware of the quality they will be up against at The Stoop.

“From our point of view, every game is a Cup final for us at this point, and we know what a great team we are up against on Saturday. They have an outstanding offloading game which we need to stop, and we know from when they played us at Adams Park how clinical they are. Last weekend against Biarritz we showed a lot of determination and spirit to bring the game back level when we were dead and buried, but we left ourselves a mountain to climb. We have to come out of the blocks well this weekend because if Harlequins get their noses in front, there will be no coming back.”

Wasps go into Saturday’s game knowing that a win could be enough to secure their Aviva Premiership status depending on results elsewhere. Young says it’s an extra motivation.

“Of course guys have one eye on other results but our focus is to simply get enough points out of our next two games against Harlequins and Bath to ensure that the last game of the season isn’t that pressure game where the winner takes all.”

London Wasps face Harlequins on Saturday, April 14th at 16.30

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