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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Director of Rugby Dai Young give his reaction to the 11-10 defeat to Harlequins at The Stoop.

Following the gut-wrenching one-point loss to Harlequins, Young said that he was very proud of the way his side had played, despite the cruel finish.

“There were far more positives today than there were negatives. I thought that we were by far the better team and we deserved to win but we didn’t, and you have to look at the reasons why. We had good opportunities against a quality side but we have got to finish those off and have the patience to go through the phases in attack. Then we showed a lack of discipline towards the end of the game that let them sneak it.”

“There were a few opportunities in the first half that we let slip. We just showed a lack of composure at times in the first half when we were in their 22 and that meant that we went in at half time with less of a gap than we would have liked. We were pretty much in control for a huge majority of the game. With ten minutes to go we were still in control but our discipline let us down, which allowed them field position to finish it at the end. They have done that to us two seasons on the trot now so we know you have to keep playing until the final whistle and we know they have the quality to finish it off.”

The result hinged on a TMO-awarded try for Sam Smith with just four minutes left on the clock. However, Young made it clear that he didn’t want to focus on the validity of the try.

“I said to the players that we don’t want to focus too much on that because realistically we shouldn’t have been in that position. We had a tackle situation on their ten metre line that we were in full control of and we gave away a silly penalty. Then we had a tackle situation on our ten metre line and we gave away another silly penalty. We just kept giving us the opportunity to come back and sneak it. I wasn’t over the moon about the last ten minutes, we just need a bit more composure in those situations.”

The game was the first of four big Aviva Premiership games, the next being against London Irish at Adams Park next weekend and Young said that he and his side must now turn their attentions to securing a vital win from that fixture.

“The result puts a big emphasis on next week, playing back at home against London Irish, who will come to Adams Park on the back of their win against Saracens this weekend. If we win that game we are right back in the mix.”

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