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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young gives his reaction to his side’s 32-25 loss to Bath at The Rec.

With 57 points scored in the game, Young said that, despite the fixture being an entertaining one for the neutrals, his side would be disappointed with their slow start that ultimately left them too big a mountain to climb, despite their best efforts.

“It must have been an entertaining game to watch for a neutral or a Bath fan but we gave ourselves too much of a mountain to climb really with our first twenty minutes. Poor discipline and not dealing with the restarts well enough in that period made it a game of catch up for the rest of the match. After that start, especially in the second half, I was very pleased with our effort, commitment and the quality we had to back that up. We were right in the game all the way to the end but what proved the difference was the poor start.

Young pointed to Watson’s intercept try, which saw him go the length of the field to dot down for the hosts, as a pivotal moment in the game.

“I thought that the interception try was a 14-point swing. We had an overlap on their last defender and if it had gone to hand we would have scored, but as it turned out Watson chose well to fly out of the line and ended up going the length.”

Despite the loss, Young said that his charge’s would take solace in the losing bonus point they achieved and look to build on that performance, correcting the mistakes they made.

“The Rec is a difficult place to come and win against a quality Bath outfit and we were right in there. You cant scoff at coming away from here with a losing bonus point but we aren’t over the moon about it. If we had played at the level we did today last weekend, with no disrespect to London Irish, we would have won that game. That’s the next step for this team, to back up performances every week and play at the same level.”

“There is only one game this season that we haven’t come away with at least a losing bonus point, which shows that we aren’t a million miles away from it but we now want to push on and turn those tight losses into wins.”

Next weekend Wasps return home to Adams Park, where they will face Sale Sharks and Young said that any home game is a big occasion.

“Any home game is massive as it is very difficult to win away from home, not just for us but for any team in this league. It is pretty much an eight-point game in terms of the league positions of the two clubs. They will be out to grab a win at Adams Park but as far as we are concerned, you have to win your home games and next Saturday will be no different.”