After the game, Young pulled no punches, admitting that Sale were worthy winners on the day.
“Obviously we are disappointed that we lost but, if we are honest, they were the better team today. We gave away three silly penalties and came second best in the kicking battles. All in all they were a lot smarter than us. We lacked penetration when we had the ball and lacked sense when we were without the ball too.”
“We have talked all week about starting well so it was disappointing that, once again, we started poorly and gifted them an easy ten points. There is no doubting the determination and commitment we showed, fighting our way back into the game but our bad starts are something that we have to address. It is not for lack of commitment or effort, the boys want to win and are giving everything but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say that we just weren’t good enough.”
“We had our chances, there’s no doubt about that, but we didn’t really make enough of them; we’re not producing enough in those pressure moments. To have that possession and come away with three penalties sometimes isn’t enough. We want to be scoring tries, and we are working our socks off to do that. When we have good positions like that we need to finish it off.”
Young pointed to Sale’s wholesale changes that were made after 47 minutes as one of the turning points in the game.
“The momentum swung when Sale changed their front row and we really struggled to cope with those changes. They then put us under some real pressure at the set piece, which made a big difference.”
Young made it clear that he had no interest in shirking being honest and he had been just as candid in the dressing room after the game.
“There are limitations in our game that we are still working on and, in fairness, we are still a are young team. We are struggling with a little bit of X-factor and we are without some of the players who would normally give us that. I have said consistently that we are not a top 5 team yet. We are still in with a fight for sixth but, realistically, we have to rely on some of these games going our way.”
“I don’t see it as a criticism, it is just honesty. I am not criticising individuals but we just weren’t good enough today. That is the honesty that we have as a group and we are going to keep working to get better.”