Dai Young: Post Match Reaction LDH
Dai Young shares his thoughts on Wasps first Aviva Premiership game against Saracens in the Double Header.
“It probably wouldn’t be a London Double Header if we didn’t lose the game in the last minute," he said with a wry smile, trying to lighten the mood!
“To be honest, it’s frustrating saying the same thing every week, but we’ve struggled to find an 80 minute performance over the last 12 months.
“Our first 40 just wasn’t good enough. We knew what Saracens would bring. We had enough possession and territory, but failed to really cause them a lot of problems and left ourselves with a mountain to climb, which was the story of last season.
“For 35 minutes in the second half we played really well and we delivered what we had talked about at half-time, winning more collisions and getting more penetration to create space and do some damage out wide.
“With three minutes to go we had it in our hands to win the game, so it’s very disappointing to lose. Young reflected for a minute on one of the many positives at Twickenham today, the boost to supporters and players of seeing a fit Christian Wade returning to action:
“It was great to see Christian Wade back. Going forward he was good as you saw with the two tries he scored. Defensively I know he felt a bit rusty, but that's not surprising and will come with game time.
"It’s great to have him back, but we can’t be predictable in trying to get him the ball too early. We’ve got to have some penetration and give him the ball in space. If you give him any sort of space he’s going to cause teams lots of problems.”
Looking ahead to the visit of Aviva Premiership Champions Northampton Saints to Adams Park, Young was aware of the challenge, but not daunted:
“We just need to focus on our own game going into next week and concentrating on the way we want to play. We will certainly need a little more composure and discipline.
“You saw today why Saracens were top of the table last season – any opportunities they get, they take, and that’s what we want to emulate. If we want to be up there with the big boys that’s what we’ve got to do and that’s what we’re all working hard towards."