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Post Match Reaction: Young & Jones

We caught up with London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young and Sam Jones, who captained the team this weekend, following the 31-7 win over Connacht.

Young was very pleased with the overall performance.

"I thought every area was a step up from last week. That is what we asked the players for and we got that from them. I was very impressed with the first half hour up front. The set piece went very well and we made a real statement in that period. Next week will be a tougher game again but we will be happy with this win.

"We know there are much bigger challenges to come but all you can ask is that we keep getting better and we are doing that. I have been to Connacht many times before with Cardiff with some very good teams and goner away with nothing so I am pleased. The players are now putting pressure on selection and you want that as a coach."

Young also had words of praise for some of the new arrivals this summer who have been making a real impact in pre season.

"Ed Jackson has been outstanding in the first two games and I thought Guy Thompson showed glimpses of how good he could be today. Josh Bassett did well last week and backed it up again this week and Charlie Hayter is showing that he is getting more and more comfortable at this level and I thought Neil Cochrane came on and did well as well so it is pleasing for all of those new guys."

Captain on the night, Sam Jones, was also a happy figure after the match.

"We came here knowing we needed to improve on last weekend. We came close to a win there but we played with some good style today. We treated this game very seriously and we got our chances and we took them. The front five really delivered at the set piece and things are really looking up for us."

Jones added that he was pleased with the level of competition in the team.

"There’s huge competition and that is great. It drives us to play better and we haven’t always had that recently when we’ve been thin on the ground. We have better depth and we are all pushing each other. The new guys are making Dai’s job really difficult."

"There are still areas for us to improve on but I thought our defence came on a lot in this game which is pleasing. Brad Davies has come in and changed our structures in how we defend and tonight was a much more complete defensive performance."