Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Castres Olympique

Having seen his squad pick up maximum points in back-to-back wins in Europe, Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young shared his thoughts on Wasps final game at Adams Park.

“It was a really good performance for us today. I thought for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half we were a little bit messy, but I was really pleased with the first half.

“We did the basics really well and forced them into mistakes, and when we had opportunities, we took them. During the last 20 minutes of the second half we upped the tempo, which I think they struggled to match a little bit. 

“We’ve shown we’re moving in the right direction. You can’t point to many occasions this season, or last season really, where we’ve put in back-to-back performances. We’re capable of big wins, which we’ve already shown this season, but back-to-back performances have eluded us previously.

“It shows we’re moving in the right direction and the players are really working hard in training to make sure we deliver consistent performances. I couldn’t have asked much more of them today. I thought they were really good.

“Obviously we realised coming into the match that the most important thing was to get the win but we all went into the game feeling a responsibility as well. I think we all felt that we had to sign off with a real big performance to say goodbye to Adams Park and thank the fans properly for all their support here over the past 12 years.

“But while we’re saying goodbyes to Adams Park, we’d like to think we’re not saying goodbye to our supporters. We want to take as many of them as possible down to the Ricoh.

“The move gives us a lot of confidence. For the future of the Club to now be secure, sustainable and moving in the right direction, makes my job so much easier.

“To play in a world class arena makes it easier to keep and attract players as well. It’s really exciting and hopefully a step in the right direction, but we recognize we will also have a responsibility on the field.

“We’ve already seen that our Marketing and Commercial team have done an excellent job off the field by the amount of tickets that have already been sold, so as long as we do our job on the field, I’m sure things will happen for us off the field as well."