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Post-Match Reaction: Dai Young

Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his reaction to the 64-17 win over Viadana.

Following the convincing win over Viadana at Adams Park in the final pool stage game of the Amlin Challenge Cup, Young was clearly pleased with the way his side had navigated a tough group to earn themselves a home Quarter Final.

“Getting to the Quarter Finals with a home draw was always our target and we have achieved that. The last two seasons we have got through to the Quarter Final stage and lost to the eventual winners. Whoever we play here are going to be a good side; you don’t get through to the Quarter Finals without being a decent team. It was a great night last year against Leinster, who went on to win it, but hopefully we can go a couple of stages further this season.”

Despite the result, Young was clear that his side must up their game if they want to prosper against sides in the Premiership and in the knockout stages of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

“I think we have to be honest with ourselves; we didn’t have intensity right the way through the match. We got the bonus point win pretty early. I was quite pleased with the first 20 to 25 minutes but was pretty disappointed by the middle third of the game, in which we lacked intensity and we lacked tempo. That middle section was very stop start, which is always going to favour a side like that. It is fair to say that it was quite a scruffy performance in places out there today but the boys did their job and came away with a decent win.”

“I feel as though we are building a little bit of momentum. We have had some good wins both on the road and here at Adams Park. Obviously everyone is starting to feel a bit more confident but I think that today was a bit of a reality check. We are not good enough to play below our best and win games. Without being disrespectful to Viadana, if we played teams in the Premiership and were as scruffy as we were today then we wouldn’t be coming away with a positive result. You can’t be too hard on the boys, they did what they had to do, but we know that we have to play better against the other sides we are going to face.”

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