Wasps host French side Bayonne at Adams Park on Thursday (KO 19.45) in a fixture that has fast become familiar to both sets of fans with the Club’s facing each other in the Amlin Challenge Cup for the third year running.
Despite the short turnaround, Young says his side have been very positive this week.
“This week is about recovery and preparation and both areas are as important as each other. We tried to utilise the wider squad last week as best we could and we’ve had a two game focus for these few weeks. We had a fair idea of who we wanted to play, taking into consideration some of the boys have played a lot of rugby in the opening weeks, and we feel positive going into Thursday.”
“We are pleased with how it went in Italy though obviously we aren’t getting to carried away as there are much tougher challenges ahead. Perhaps the number of tries will help us if it’s tight in the group but Thursday’s game with Bayonne is hugely important in how we fare because we have got to win the home games if we want to get out of the pool.”
Bayonne sit second from bottom in the Top 14 right now, the same position Young’s side find themselves in their domestic league, albeit Wasps are just three points outside the top six. Despite the league being an obvious priority, Young adds that there is a real focus on Europe as well.
“We take every game seriously and we always go out to win. We don’t have a squad big enough to say ‘let’s stick out our second team’ in any competition and in any case our focus right now is on topping this pool, which I believe we are capable of. It is a tough pool with two good French sides in it but we’ve gotten to the Quarter Finals in recent years and want to go further. It was tough in the knockout stages the last two seasons to come up against the teams who went on to win it, but that’s the way the competition goes”
Young believes Bayonne present a big physical threat.
“Ok they aren’t going great in their league but you just look at some of the players in their squad – the likes of Mark Chisholm, Mike Phillips and others, and you’d be a fool if you underestimated them. If they click, they could cause you real problems and with a big heavy pack, our defence is going to have to be on top form.”
Watch London Wasps take on Bayonne in the Amlin Challenge Cup at Adams Park on Thursday, October 17 at 19.45 KO.
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