Young looking to regain momentum
Thomas Young says that the squad are targeting a win at Franklin’s Gardens this weekend to give the Club momentum heading back into domestic action.
Wasps’ chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the LV=Cup were dealt a blow last week as Cardiff Blues turned around a 35-17 half time deficit to snatch a win with the final play of the game.
This weekend the men in black and gold travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face Northampton Saints in the final game of the pool stage. Young says that, with a date with Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena looming, there is a responsibility on the side to give the Club some momentum heading back into the Aviva Premiership.
“We know how tough a challenge it will be against Saints, but this weekend is a chance for us to get momentum going back into the Aviva Premiership. We have that game against Harlequins back at the Ricoh Arena looming, so we have a responsibility to get the Club back to winning ways and give us that momentum. It would be great to make a statement, by going away to Northampton and getting a win.”
Following the loss to Cardiff, Young says the squad are focusing on what they can learn from the encounter.
“There’s a lot of things we can learn from that game. In the first half we had good structures going forward and applied a good defensive system. In the second half we lost control of the game and there are things there that we need to learn from. Playing in the right areas and not panicking when we come under a bit of pressure are two key things that we will take away from the game.”
Young’s game time this season has been limited by injury and a settled back-row and he was clearly delighted to get back to playing.
“Having not played in a while, it is always nice to get back out there on the field. Getting that first bit of game time was good and hopefully this weekend I will be better from it having played one game.”
“Every opportunity I get, I have to take. With the back rows we have here at the Club the competition is really strong and, being one of the younger members of that group I am still learning, but every chance I get to prove myself I have to grab with both hands.”
The game against Cardiff saw another stellar crowd, with 9,640 in attendance, almost double that of the equivalent game last season. Young said that the crowds at the Ricoh Arena have been a huge boost for the players.
“The crowds have been amazing for every home game since we have moved to Coventry. To get a crowd of almost ten thousand people for an LV=Cup fixture is testament to the support we’ve been shown there. It was a great atmosphere at the weekend and it’s brilliant to see supporters keep coming back.”
“The crowd has really helped us. Northampton is a new local derby for us so you’d think there will be a few people making the trip across from Coventry this weekend to get behind us. We have to repay that faith and get ourselves back to winning ways.” Wasps travel to Franklin’s Gardens this Saturday before returning to the Ricoh Arena next weekend where they will face Harlequins in Aviva Premiership action. Tickets for that game are still available to purchase online here or by calling 08448471867.