Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Castres

After the game, Wasps Director of Rugby, Dai Young, shared his thoughts on his squad’s impressive bonus point win in the south of France:

“I was really pleased for the boys today. It was messy in parts and for 15 minutes after the second half, both teams made a few mistakes at crucial moments, but I thought in most areas, for most of the game, we were on top and deserved the win.

“But that still leaves Castres dangerous for next week. As we saw today, they have some really good individuals and today some passes just didn’t stick for them and one or two kicks didn’t quite go over for them, which would have put us under even more pressure.

“I’m delighted to come here and get a win, let alone a bonus point win, which was far more than we expected, but the job is only half done.

Asked how key Wasps strong set piece and defence was today, Young replied: “With the heavy conditions, you have to have a good set piece, otherwise they dominate field position. We talked before the game, and again at half time, that we had to control the pitch. They’ve got big heavy boys and if you give them too many platforms within your 22, you’re going to come unstuck.

“Our defence was good, we said we needed to play the game in the right areas and when you get the opportunities you have to take them, and I think we did that a little better today.

“You don’t win games if your defence doesn’t muscle up and I thought we did today. The boys did a great job there.

“As I said, that was nowhere near the finished article for us today and there’s lots still to work on before another dangerous game next week, but we’ve got to be pleased with the result we’ve had today.”

Asked if he felt this result against Castres would kick-started Wasps European campaign, he said:

“We knew coming into these two games that we would have to win both games in order to go into the final two pool games with any realistic possibilities. Obviously, we have to back up this result next week, which isn’t a foregone conclusion. But if we do front up next weekend, it will give us a real chance going into the final two games.