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Post-match reaction: Dai Young

Reaction from Director of Rugby Dai Young following his side’s 20-19 win over Newport Gwent Dragons.

After Young’s side came out on the right side of a one point margin at Rodney Parade, in a game which Wasps failed to find the kind of form that has seen them rise to fourth in the Aviva Premiership table and into the knockout stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup, Young was less than happy with the performance.

“In fairness it was a game that they probably should have won. Let’s be totally honest about it, I thought we were awful tonight. We were totally unrecognisable from the team we have been over the last six weeks. There are a lot of excuses I could make but if I am straightforward about it, there wasn’t an area that I was happy with tonight. I let the players know that I wasn’t happy with it. We got through by the skin of our teeth.”

“We didn’t respect the ball. We tried to play without any real penetration, we went from side to side without going forward and made it really easy for them. We couldn’t get any quick ball, they never had to release and so we were forced to play off slow ball, but we have to be better than that. “

“We lacked any penetration or go forward and I think that the Dragons wanted it a little bit more than us in most areas. I thought that they were far more urgent than us tonight, far more energetic than us and 50/50s they came out on top.”

Wasps went into the game knowing that a win would close to guarantee them a home Quarter Final, whereas the Dragons had nothing to play for but pride. With that in mind, Young said it was disappointing that his team didn’t perform to their best.

“I think that one of the most annoying things is that we probably had more at stake than the Dragons tonight. They are always a proud team. Nobody knows better than me how tough it is coming to Rodney Parade and you have to earn a victory. Im not sure if we earned it tonight but we just got by."

“We have worked hard to put ourselves in this position for a home Quarter Final, the other performances were far better than that tonight's so we deserve to be there."