Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Welsh

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young gave his reaction following the 11-try win over London Welsh:

“We started really strongly and the really decent thing was that we kept it going. That was probably the first time this season that we have put together a full 80 minute performance and we played some great stuff.

“We didn’t really give them anything to feed off and I was really pleased with the boys’ attitude and we also obviously scored some good tries.

Talking about the introduction into the mix of some talented younger players, Young was quick to compliment both the youngsters and the more experienced members of the squad.

“You don’t win things with 23 players, it’s about the whole squad. It’s about introducing players and making sure they have enough game time, but also not putting them under pressure by having too much game time.

“We’ve got a really good squad here, who all help each other. The senior guys are fantastic role models and I’m really pleased with how they and the young guys performed today.

Asked whether he was surprised by the run-away win, Young said:

“I thought we were capable of getting a good win, but I was perhaps a little surprised by the margin of the win.

“Often, when we’ve been expected to win, we haven’t had that ruthless streak, that cutting edge. We’ve had some great wins here this season for example against Northampton Saints and Bath, but we haven’t really demonstrated that for 80 mins in games we were expected to win. Today we did that.

“I don’t think anyone doubted the quality we have in our side, but perhaps one or two people outside of the camp doubted our mental toughness and questioned whether we could be ruthless.

“What we had to prove to ourselves and everyone else was that we can be clinical and put teams to the sword when we get on top, and maintain the intensity for 80 mins. We pretty much did that today so I’m really pleased.

Asked whether he believes he has players knocking on England’s door after some more impressive performances, Young said:

“I think a lot of players are playing well and can’t really do any more than put in performances like they are, and play as well as they can. Haskell has been outstanding for us. He does a lot of unseen work at the breakdown, slowing down their ball and getting turnovers for us. He’s also devastating in the tackle as well, so he’s got to be knocking on their door.

“But a lot of players were excellent today, like Joe Simpson and Elliot Daly. Youngsters like Alex Lozowski and Tom Bliss made a good impact, they're two out of five or six young guys coming through and I was really pleased for them making their Aviva Premiership debuts today. As I said we need to give them enough game time to develop without overplaying them and putting too much pressure on them. They are learning so much off the senior guys.

“There could have been a number of players in line for man of the match today but I think Ashley Johnson really deserved it. Week in week out he plays well and has been one of our main stays, even in the tough games. We didn’t really have a bad performance across the board today so I’m really pleased."