Thomas Young: We have to kick on

Thomas Young says that the side have to back up the win over Harlequins with a good performance this Friday away to Newcastle.

After two standout performances in the LV=Cup, Thomas Young was handed his first Aviva Premiership start in the 37-6 win over Harlequins and, as one of the contenders for man of the match, took his impressive form into domestic action.

Young says the game time in the LV=Cup was a huge stepping stone for him as he looked to break into what has been a settled back row.

“Getting a bit of game time in the LV=Cup weeks has helped me loads. Playing regularly is the best way to improve and getting that game time over the last few weeks has been really good for me, giving me the opportunity to put a marker down. Getting a start in the Aviva Premiership last weekend was a real bonus and hopefully I’ve done well enough to keep myself in the coaches’ minds.

“With the strong back row we have it has been difficult to break into. Hask [James Haskell], Ash [Ashley Johnson] and Nathan [Hughes] have all played really well this season and for me, it has been about trying to learn from them and when I get my chance, proving what I can add to the side.

“Those three players have been really good in fairness. Training with them every day allows you to pick up new ideas and different ways of thinking, learning all the time. It’s been good to have those guys to look at in order to help me with my game, but I’ve hopefully been able to show what I can bring when I’ve been given the chance.

“I have to take it as it comes and not think too far ahead. If I am given another opportunity I have to take it and keep building on the last three games. Every chance I get, it’s down to me to prove what I can do and this weekend will be no different.”

The 37-6 win over Harlequins added more security to Wasps’ standing in the Aviva Premiership table, currently in fourth spot. Young says that the aim at the start of the season was to secure a top six spot, with anything else an added bonus.

“There are a lot of positives to take from the win at the weekend. We definitely felt like we owed them one after the first two games against Harlequins this season.  We finished our chances off well and our defence was good all game. We frustrated them and nullified their threats quite well. The boys finished some tries out wide, as well our pack dominating up front. 

“At the start of the season we had a clear aim of making the top six, with anything else being a bonus. We are sitting in fourth at the moment and, looking at the games coming up, we want to stay there. The next three games in this domestic block are all winnable and we want to be as high in the league as possible, but it all depends how you play on the day.

Wasps now face a Friday-night trip to Kingston Park to face Newcastle Falcons this weekend and Young says it is a must-win if they want to assert themselves at the top-end of the league.

“The game this weekend, we have to kick on and back up that performance against Harlequins. It’s always tough to go up to Newcastle on a Friday night but it’s a game we have to win if we want to realise our aspirations of being at the top end of the league. Momentum is a big thing and we want to keep that going.”