Post Match Reaction: Dai Young

Dai Young shares his thoughts on Wasps first pre-season friendly win against London Welsh.

After the game, Director of Rugby Dai Young said that he was pleased with how the afternoon's game unfolded but was also quick to highlight that there was a lot to work on before the competitive season starts.

“I was pleased with that performance. Obviously there’s lots to work on, as there is in any pre-season. 

“In the first half, we put ourselves under pressure because we didn’t hold onto the ball long enough, and at times we panicked a little in defence, which resulted in them having the majority of possession and territory.

“We talked about it at half time and we felt if we could hold onto the ball and inject a bit more tempo in the game, then we had enough quality in the side to take it home, and that was pretty much the case.

“I’m really pleased with the depth and quality in the squad and we certainly have options now to rotate, as long as we don’t pick up too many injuries.

Young made mention of the hard work the squad have put in over the summer period under the watchful eye of Head of Strength and Conditioning Dan Baugh.

“The players have worked hard over the summer and are certainly fit. Dan Baugh has done well, but to be fair to boys this group of players always puts their hand up for more work. They want to achieve things and they are more than happy to be pushed.

“I was impressed with all the new players today. In the first half we had a really young team out there. They played against pretty much London Welsh’s first team, with a few older and more experienced players, but I thought they stood up really well.

Young said that he was impressed with some of the younger players' performances but that, with some of the more experienced players coming on in the second half, the game started to flow far better.

“Some of our more experienced players then came on second half, the guys who we already know can play at this level and they showed the quality they have. 

“I was really pleased all the players showed the quality we believed they had coming into this and it’s good going away knowing we have a good squad.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s friendly against Connacht Rugby, Young suggested more of last season’s starting players are also likely to return to the mix.

“Some of the internationals will come back into the reckoning next week, maybe coming off the bench more than starting. We’ll be getting nearer the team we’ve got in our mind for Saracens for the first game.

“There are a few of boys who are still struggling from injuries carried over from last season. But hopefully when it comes to the first game of the Premiership, we won’t be far off.

“One or two players might not be ready for the first game, but we are hoping they should be available again by the second of third games. Fingers crossed, a lot of guys who’ve been out for a while are coming to the end of their rehab which is good.”