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Match Reaction: Dai Young

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to the loss at Bath.

Bath won the game 17-12 with Wasps hanging on for a losing bonus point but Young said he was bitterly disappointed with a second half period in which Bath dominated.

“At half-time we were nine points clear and it was a game we could have gone on and won. We played territory well in the first half, we did things simple and we were well in control. We spoke at half time about the danger of becoming loose and ragged against a side with some strong strike runners and we went out and did exactly that. I am very disappointed about that first 20 minutes of the second half when we let them back into it far too easily and they gathered momentum.”

Young must now prepare his side for a huge clash against relegation rivals Newcastle who will need to come to Adams Park and win by 24 clear points or secure a winning four try bonus point to stay in the league.

“We’ve got two weeks to prepare for it and it’s my job to make sure we stay focused. There are guys with a lot of bumps and bruises who will have a chance to recharge their batteries and in hindsight you look at those try saving tackles that Jack Wallace and Tom Varndell made today and you’ve got to say they could be pretty critical in how it turns out. From our point of view, it is in our hands. We’re playing at home and we simply need to win. If Newcastle come and win by that margin they would deserve to stay up. We have got to just focus on us now and winning the game.”

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