Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Irish

Dai Young gives his reaction to the 48-16 bonus-point win over London Irish in the Club’s debut fixture at the Ricoh Arena.

After the game, Young was clearly pleased with the way the day had panned out, with a record-breaking 28,254 supporters turning out to watch Wasps record a bonus-point victory over London Irish.

Young highlighted his side’s slow start but said that he was encouraged by the way his charges had executed the advice the coaches gave them at halftime.

“I thought that in the first half we were very edgy and we struggled to get our game going. The contact area was a real fight, which stopped us building any phases. We talked at half time about keeping it a little tighter, more simple and more direct and I think that’s what the team went and executed. The icing on the cake was to come away with that winning bonus point in the last minute.”

Young made mention of all the hard work that had gone into the day from the commercial staff and commended the efforts of those who had helped make the day a success off the field.

“It was a fantastic achievement by all the off-field staff in something like six to eight weeks. There’s clearly a lot of interest in the area. Retaining everyone who came today is probably unrealistic, especially in the short term, but today was a really good way to start. If we can do a job on the field it will certainly help the off-field staff. Today was a fantastic way for us to start and you couldn’t help but be a bit emotional before the game to see this today after where we’ve come from in the last few years.”

Young also had individual praise for man of the match Andy Goode, who scored 33 points for a new record points haul by an individual in the Premiership.

“It’s no surprise; he has been doing it for a long time. He has played more this year than he or we wanted him to because of the injury to Ruaridh [Jackson]. He has played very well in the last month and today he was excellent. He gives us a lot off the field as well. It’s easy to see what a player does on the field but, unless you are in the mix, it’s hard to see what they bring off it. He’s very good with the younger guys and knows the game inside out, which is invaluable.”

After two good wins in the European Rugby Champions Cup, Young said that his side must now start to back up good results week on week.

“We’ve had some very good performances but backing it up has been our problem really.  Certainly I thought that our two games in Europe were very good and Leicester away wasn’t too bad. You have to back it up week after week and that is the next challenge for us. The Aviva Premiership is such a competitive league and if you are off the mark on the day you will come out second best. I didn’t think that we were perfect today but once we got penetration we had the ability out wide to finish it off.”