Post Match Reaction: Dai Young
Dai Young gives his reaction to the 38-30 win over Gloucester at Twickenham in The Stinger.
After the game, Young was clearly pleased with the bonus point win his side took away but was also quick to point out the mistakes that had Gloucester back into the game.
“We scored five tries but we gave them two as well. We were very good in patches but very loose in patches as well; we could have won that game three times. If you had said to me before the game that it was going to be a five pointer for us I would have snapped your hand off.”
“To be honest, I felt the score flattered them. I couldn’t see them winning the game except for with the help of our mistakes. If you look at their tries, one was an interception and one was a kick through from our fumble. I felt that we handled most things they threw at us.”
“At half time I had to tell the boys that it wasn’t an exhibition game. There was a lot at stake today and at times we were a little loose, running the ball when it wasn’t on, throwing offloads that weren’t there. We created a lot of the problems for ourselves today. We were working hard for what we were getting but were giving things away too cheaply. We made the game harder that it should have been but it was great to get the win.”
Young made special mention of the pack, who dominated their Gloucester counterparts at the set piece and he picked out the back row for special praise
“I think our pack really stood up. They weren’t perfect by any stretch but when the game got a little bit tight they did very well to get us field position and good go forward ball. I thought our back row was very good. Haskell was very good again, Ashley Johnson doesn’t seem to know how to play poorly and Nathan Hughes was standout once again.”
The result at Twickenham, combined with Sale Sharks’ win over Exeter Chiefs, gives Wasps a great chance of grabbing the 7th placed qualification spot for next season’s European competition.
“With results going our way today we are still in with a good shout of getting that seventh spot, which is what we have to target going into the last part of the season. There are a lot of games that have to go our way still, and a lot of hard work to come from us but to be in a position where that is still a possibility is a great reward for the effort the players put in today.”
The game saw 38,294 supporters make the trip to Twickenham for The Stinger and Young said that everyone who had made the game possible should be very pleased with the results.
“I’d like to make special mention of all of our commercial staff, who put a lot of hard work in to making today happen. The day was a real testament to the fact that we have come out of the dark days off the pitch. We couldn’t have dreamt of staging a game like this in the last two seasons. Putting on an event like this shows just how far we have come as a club in a very short space of time. There are a lot of people who have worked their socks off to make that happen and I hope they are really pleased.”
Wasps take on Bath at Adams Park next weekend in the Semi Final of the Amlin Challenge Cup. Get your tickets at wasps.co.uk/tickets