Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Quins
Following the bonus point win over rivals Harlequins, Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “I thought we were on top in most areas today and it was quite comfortable in the end, which is unusual as traditionally games between us are so tight. You can never really switch off against Quins because they’ve got so many threats and they keep on playing.
“Once Quins get one try they tend to follow that with another one and another one, so we were very mindful of that. They’ve stung us before and we were determined not to let that happen here today. So it was something of a relief to hear that final whistle blow, but overall it was a great performance.
“I was really pleased with the set-piece where I felt we were on top, defensively we didn’t look like we were threatened and when we had the ball, although we left some points out there, I felt we were in control. We’re over the moon to come away with a bonus point victory.
“Something we try to pride ourselves on is doing the simple things well. If we can do that, we can build our game. We’ve worked really hard on our set-piece and although we’re still not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, I think we’re improving our shape and structure in defence, which is very good, and when we get the ball we’re a threat.
“We know we have individual threats and can cause teams problems, and I think we have a structure and pattern which can get those threats into space.
“I don’t want to pick out individuals because it was a team performance today. I was especially pleased with how well the squad went despite having a few players out through injury or internationals, as did Quins. I think the guys really stepped up individually today and were strong as a collective.
“We are confident going into every game, but we are also mindful that it’s a very tight league and it all depends on how you play on the day. I know it’s the old cliché that all the coaches will use, but it’s very true of this league that every team can beat each other. You have to be on the money every single game. If you look at the Premiership table, two wins and you’re in fourth, two losses and you could be in ninth or tenth.
“It’s fantastic to be sitting in fourth at the moment and top six remains our target this season, but we’re not home and dry yet, far from it. We’ve still got a lot of rugby to play and there’s a number of points to pick up or lose, so it’s not a done deal. We’ve just got to play one game at a time and hopefully we can get there at the end of the day.”