Despite a strong record at Adams Park going into the game, Dai Young’s side were left wanting in a match up that saw the home side dominated by a powerful Bath outfit. After seeing his side outmuscled and generally outplayed by the vistors, Dai Young made it clear that he felt his side had done themselves little justice in the match.
“We are proud of our performances at Adams Park but today we let the fans down with that display as a group. We have lost games here before but today we lacked any real energy or commitment to what we were doing. In the two and a half seasons I have been here that is probably one of the first times I could say that. We have been beaten by better teams in the past but today we looked very flat. That is very uncharacteristic of us and the supporters have every right to be disappointed. We have to take that on the chin.”
“Most times when we have lost games I have thought that we have done ourselves justice but the really disappointing thing about today is how poor we were. Bath were by far the better team and we made them look like world beaters. They didn’t have to work too hard to come away with a victory.”
In a game majorly determined by Bath’s dominance at the set piece, Young was quick to highlight that as an area of differentiation.
“I have been saying for most of the season that we have done well because our set piece has been strong against the teams we have played. We have scored a lot of tries from driving lineouts and from set piece but today we struggled up front and we then struggled off that for any real penetration or any real threat. I think that on around six occasions we had the chance to mount something around the halfway line but we didn’t get past three or four phases. We kept on giving Bath opportunity after opportunity. We knew before the game that we couldn’t afford to give what is a very good Bath pack the chances to control the game but that’s exactly what we did.”
Wasps must now regroup ahead of their trip to the Madejski Stadium to take on London Irish next weekend and Young said that he has no doubt his side will return with energy and commitment but made it clear that must be coupled with quality.
“You don’t play well every week, it is a long old season with highs and lows, and that was pretty much as low as it could get for me. We now have to regroup and it will be a test next week of both character and belief but also of quality; that is what I have said to the players. I think we lacked real quality today in everything we did. I don’t believe for a minute that these players won’t give everything they have. I know that we will respond to this with energy, commitment and enthusiasm but we also have to respond with higher skill levels, higher accuracy and higher all round quality.”