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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young gives his reaction to the 26-13 win over Bayonne.

Following the win over Bayonne in round five of the Amlin Challenge Cup pool stages, which saw Wasps guaranteed qualification to the knockout stages, Young was clearly pleased that his side had navigated a group that included Bayonne, Grenoble and Viadana.

“When the group was drawn at the start of the year it was the toughest group. To get through a group with two French teams is always going to be difficult. Everyone knows how difficult it is to come to France and get a result and we have done it twice so I’m really pleased.”

Wasps went into halftime with a strong lead but allowed Bayonne to come back to within a point before scoring two more tries to end the game as a contest. Young said that he was hugely pleased with the way his side combatted the hosts’ comeback but is now looking for them to start removing the errors that allow sides easy gains.

“They did everything they could to win that game. They put their best team out and they certainly wanted to get something from the game so it was an excellent performance. They were a very physical side, especially up front and I thought that we matched that and quite often had the better of them so that was very pleasing.”

“We put ourselves in a commanding lead going into halftime and then let that slip a bit, allowing them to come back to within one point but I thought that we showed a lot of resolve and a lot of quality to put them away again.”

“We won that game twice tonight, having put ourselves under a lot of pressure and allowing them to get back into it. We have to be a little bit more accurate, a little bit more clinical in order to not put pressure on ourselves and allow sides to get a foothold in the game.”

The win is the sixth in seven games for the men in black and gold and Young said that record has been a huge boost to his charges.

“You can see that there is a bit of confidence and belief in the side on the back of a few wins. Winning is a habit and we want to keep this winning run going. We are nowhere near the finished article; we are still making errors that we need to cut out. Saying that, I think we have won more than we have lost recently and there are a lot of encouraging things.”

Following the win, Young was quick to redirect his attention to next weekend’s final pool stage game of the competition at Adams Park against Viadana.

“We now have to finish the job next weekend. Having picked up a bonus point away in Viadana we will be looking to do the same next weekend at Adams Park.”