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Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young gives his reaction to the 44-38 win against Newcastle in the penultimate round of the Aviva Premiership.

"Obviously, before the game we would have settled for a bonus point win, but you have to say it was a very patchy performance."

"Certainly there will be two very disappointed defense coaches in there! Both teams scored at will really and probably left a lot to be desired in some of the defensive work today."

"We played in patches. To find ourselves 17 points down in the first 20 minutes was obviously worrying, but we found a way to get back into it. I thought our second 20 minutes of the first half was very good."

"We talked at half time about not making the same type of mistakes, about not allowing Newcastle to be in the game with the last 20 minutes to go. That didn’t happen, perhaps a little bit through some of our inaccuracies, but also you need to give them credit because they played some really good stuff and we found it very difficult to shake them off."

"We probably won 40 mins and they probably won 40 minutes. Certainly they won the first 20 in both halves which is a bit concerning, but they deserve credit as well. I thought they played well and pushed us all the way."

When asked about some of Wasps slow starts this season, Young said: "It is something we have talked about week in week out, and to say it’s frustrating is an understatement really. When you play against teams above you, at the top of the game, you can’t pull it back if you give them big starts. A couple of games this season we’ve come back strongly, but only picked up a losing bonus point because we’ve given ourselves too much of mountain to climb after a poor start."

As an update on Nathan Hughes who came off at half-time, Young explained the Wasps no 8 had taken a bang on the shin which was cramping his calf: “He was struggling a little bit at half time and I’d much rather take a player off slightly earlier and make sure he’s fit for next week.”

In response to the question of whether it would be daunting if the Club were to reach the 7th place play-off and progress to next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup, Young replied: ‘From the Club’s point of view, everybody wants to be in the top competition and judged against the best, supporters, players and coaches. But let’s make no bones about it, it will be a challenge to every squad. Two seasons ago, Sale were in the top tier but struggled in the league. Exeter probably haven’t been the force they were last season this season. You have to be realistic, it does put challenges on a squad, but I don’t think that’s a daunting thing, I think that’s where you want to be."

"But we don’t want to count our chickens, because we’re not there yet. There’s still a lot of work to be done and everyone knows that."