Match Reaction: Dai Young Post Newcastle Falcons
Following the draw at Kingston Park this evening, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’re disappointed, but picking up two points is obviously better than a loss. I think we just about deserved a draw - I don’t think we deserved to win tonight. We had a really poor start and for most of the game we were sloppy and inaccurate and failed to build much pressure.
“A couple of individual moments of magic kept us in the game, but as a team we just didn’t function like we have done for the majority of the season.
“There were about six or seven handling errors during the first half and a lot of loose passes. We failed to really get going or build pressure on the Falcons, but take nothing away from them. I thought when they had opportunities, they really looked dangerous and they played really well. They thoroughly deserved the draw, if not a little bit more really. So we’re happy to come away with two points, but we’re certainly disappointed in the way we played.
Asked about the impact last weekend’s defeat against Exeter Chiefs might have had on the Falcons, Young said: “It certainly wasn’t a good result for us last weekend. They are a proud team and we knew they would bounce back.
“But we need to look more at ourselves really. We had the ball three or four times in the first 20 minutes and we spilled it within three phases. We weren’t accurate enough with the ball, we didn’t keep hold of it and we kept handing possession back to the Falcons, which meant we spent long periods defending.
Questioned about the classy, man of the match performance by Elliot Daly, Young was quick to praise the young centre: “We all know what Elliot can do if you give him the ball and put him into a bit of space - he can be lethal. Elliot was pretty much in the middle of anything that was good for Wasps today. So it was an excellent performance by him, but not a great team performance from us.
“I thought we looked like a tired team tonight on the back of a five day turn–around. We really did look tired and one paced tonight in everything we did.
“I’m not making any excuses, but I think there was a big fatigue factor out there tonight, which put us under pressure as much as the Falcons did as well."
Over the past couple of weeks, many have asked Young if Wasps are now targeting a top four, rather than top six finish, as stated at the start of the season.
Young pointed out the table is far too tight to get ahead of yourself and start talking about top fours finishes at this stage of the season: “It’s funny, because people keep trying to get me to say we might finish in the top four, but I don’t think we’re even guaranteed to be in top six yet, let alone the top four. All we can do is worry about the next game and if we keep on winning then we will put ourselves in a better position, but one or two losses and you could be looking at 8th or 9th.
"Any team in this league can beat any other team. That’s why this Premiership is so interesting and so good to be part of. I’m confident we can bounce back next week and put in a better performance, which we will need to do if we are to get the win we want."