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Young previews Exeter clash

We spoke to Dai Young, the London Wasps Director of Rugby, ahead of round two of the Aviva Premiership.

Wasps travel to Sandy Park this weekend on the back of a narrow defeat at Twickenham, to face an Exeter side they haven’t beaten in the league since December 2010.

“We haven’t beaten Exeter in a while and they are pretty good at home, but this group of players are looking forward to Saturday,” Young said.

“We obviously could have won at the weekend but it wouldn’t have changed our performance really and it wouldn’t have changed the things we need to work on this week. There were parts of our opening game I was quite pleased with and parts we obviously have looked at this week that weren’t so good.”

Young says there’s plenty to improve upon.

“Discipline needs to be better and we know too we’ve got to be more clinical in attack. At the weekend, we bombed two clear try scoring opportunities, which would have had us going into half time further ahead than we were. We also need to continue our defensive effort, which I thought was really good at Twickenham, but it will be tested again because Exeter keep the ball alive far more than any other team.”

On the set piece Young added.

“We just need to keep on working hard there. I thought our scrum was good for big parts and I thought we were on the end of the wrong call on at least two of those, which was frustrating. It’s going to be a challenge for us up front and we know that every team is going to try and target us there because we are so young and inexperienced there but we have got to be confident in our ability and keep on improving.”

Exeter go into the game on the back of a disappointing defeat themselves and Young says that will probably make this game all the tougher.

“I think last week’s loss will have focused Exeter’s minds. You can’t underestimate the squad and the team that Northampton Saints have put together for this year - they are going to be formidable, but I was still a little surprised by the distance they put between the two teams. Certainly at home it’s going to be a different kettle of fish for Exeter. It’s an ideal opportunity for them to bounce back and we have to start well and not allow them to get their noses in front.”