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Young previews Irish clash

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young looks ahead to this weekend’s clash with London Irish.

Wasps head to Reading on the back of a nail-biting 33-29 victory over Gloucester, a win that keeps them in the top four of the Aviva Premiership, but Young says his side are not getting carried away.

“Our video debrief on Tuesday was pretty sobering,” Young said.

“We rode our luck a bit in a game that we didn’t play that well in, apart from a twenty minute spell in the middle, and the boys were left under no illusions about the performance after we looked at it in detail. Both the Harlequins and Gloucester games were games we could have lost but we are getting the rub of the green at the moment which is something that hasn’t gone for us over the last year or so.”

Young said he is in no way underestimating the challenge that London Irish will present at home.

“I have no doubt they are targeting their home games hard and the fact that they beat Saracens there last time out highlights that. I think they have quality players across their team and I am surprised they are where they are in the table. We know that they are desperate for points and we know what that feels like after last year.”

Of his side’s extended stay in the top four, Young added.

“There are some tough games coming up and we know we’ve got Gloucester and Northampton breathing down our necks but we’re enjoying being up there. Top six is now a very realistic target for us and if we can secure Heineken Cup qualification after what we went through last year that will be a huge boost.”