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Young ready for next challenge

Dai Young talks Sale Sharks and the challenge in Manchester, a rapidly improving London Wasps pack and the A league.

Wasps are looking for their first win of the season in Manchester on Friday night against a Sale Sharks side who lost to Newcastle at home last weekend.

Young expects a tough challenge, particularly up front, but says he’s been very happy with how his pack have performed in the opening two games.

“I couldn’t have asked much more from the forwards last weekend. We had almost a 100% return from our set piece and we won a number of penalties on their scrum, so it wasn’t a bad day at the office for them. We lost the game because we made basic individual errors and our attack was too lateral. Our defence lacked the bite it had had the week before at Twickenham so they are the things we’re focused on improving.”

On Sale Sharks he added.

“They have certainly changed the style of how they are playing from last season. Their approach is probably a little more conservative and they have significantly upped their physicality. They have a big pack and a well organised driving lineout. That type of forward orientated game which looks to strangle your game to force penalties is what we are expecting and we’ve got to be ready for it.”

Wasps have two points to their name so far, with two losing bonus points, and Young says the squad remains pretty positive.

“We are frustrated but we know there is a long way to go. We have a lot of players to come back from injury who will make a big difference to us – we know that. We have had a couple of bonus point losses to top six sides from last season– it is not disastrous though we could have done better obviously.”

Also a frustration for Young have been the demands in the opening weeks in the A league, with Wasps suffering a heavy defeat against Exeter on Monday.

“The A league is a massive stretch for us. In the difficult times the Club has experienced over the last few years, we weren’t able to invest in building strong relationships with local Clubs and obviously the depth in our squad and in our Academy wasn’t being developed as we would have liked. Though we are making progress in these areas, we are still feeling the effects of that and we have clearly struggled to be competitive. I haven’t got a magic wand and we have to hold our hands up and say that it is going to be a difficult league for us. That is where we are.”

The team to take on Sale Sharks will be named at midday on Thursday.