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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Post match reaction from Dai Young following the narrow loss to Northampton

Young said that Northampton made the most of their strength up front.

“They were dominant up front and the driving lineout was their key weapon. They didn’t try to play any other way but in fairness they didn't need to. You are always going to struggle to win a game if you can’t stop the other side’s driving lineout. We were very confident that we could handle anything they threw at us in open play but we gave them too much field position to press home that strength."

“After the first 40 minutes we were very lucky to go into the break only three points behind. In the second half I thought that we were a whole lot better. Going into the last ten minutes I knew that the penalties were going to come from somewhere to keep us in our twenty-two. It never felt like we were going to be allowed to get out of our half and the yellow cards didn't help. It’s hard enough to play against Northampton with fifteen players."

Young said there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

“I thought that we played some good rugby when we were allowed to. In the first half I think that we kicked very loosely which gave them the opportunity to win the battle of territory but I was pleased with a lot of the rugby we played in the second half. We got ourselves into a winning position. We have shown today that there are massive areas of our game we still need to improve on. Next week is not going to be any easier, we are going to come up against the same sort of pack dominance and so we now have a challenge, to improve on the areas where we weren’t good enough today. If we get ourselves the right sort of attacking ball we will be going in the right direction.”

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